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The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 3/21/14

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 still hasn’t been found, Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps passed away, and Crimea is being annexed to Russia. Knowing those things will do fine for you not to seem like you’re out of the loop of general news. However, the passing of David Brenner, big April Fools’ Day plans, and several developments in the Ghostbusters reboot are only tips of the iceberg of the goings-on in comedy over the past week.

So, get the full iceberg with The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, right now.

R.I.P. David Brenner, who made a record number of appearances on and guest hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Warner Bros. attaches Chris McKay to direct Lego Movie sequel.

The second seasons of Drunk History and Nathan For You to premiere on Jun. 24th at Comedy Central.

Nick D’Agosto and Andrew Santino to star in pilot for How I Met Your Mother spin off, How I Met Your Dad.

Natasha Leggero to host this year’s Shorty Awards.

Judith Light to co-star in ABC comedy pilot The Winklers with Henry Winkler.

Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey to swap hosting gigs on April Fools’ Day.

Georgia King joining Thomas Lennon and Sean Hayes in Odd Couple reboot pilot at CBS.

David Cross to play the dead boss in Fox comedy pilot Dead Boss.

The Daily Show‘s Jason Jones to star in NBC’s comedy pilot Love Is Relative.

Monty Python are recording 5 new songs as part of their Monty Python Sings reissue.

-Alison Brie joining cast of Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, producing TV Land comedy pilot Teachers, and co-starring in another movie with Adam Scott, Sleeping With Other People.

Ivan Reitman passing The Ghostbusters directing torch to someone else, possibly Chris Miller and Phil Lord from The Lego Movie, production on reboot set for early 2015.

Jeff Ross joins the cast of Kevin Hart’s ABC comedy pilot.

FX/FXX picks up The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, to series.

Disney Pixar set for sequels to Cars and The Incredibles.

American adaptation of French Canadian comedy series Taxi-22 that was to be executive produced by James Gandolfini gets pushed to later development date by CBS.

Rifftrax to riff on National Geographic for April Fools’ Day.

Comedian Ben Glieb will host Game Show Network’s upcoming Idiot Test.

Parks and Recreation renewed for season 7 at NBC.

CW’s second season of Whose Line Is It Anyway? to premiere July 16th.

Sally Hawkins and Catherine Keener are cast in Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot How and Why.

IFC unveils 2015 slate featuring two new series, renewals of Comedy Bang! Bang! for 40 episodes and The Birthday Boys, an awards special from College Humor, and more.


Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena, and Ezra Miller are in talks for Universal’s Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck, to be directed by Judd Apatow.

Cut SNL sketches will get another shot at Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, and Bill Hader teaming up again for American Documentary at IFC.

FX partnering with UK’s BSkyB to develop comedies.

Rob Riggle joins cast of Terry Jones’ Absolutely Anything, which already has Simon Pegg and Eddie Izzard.

Netflix debuting Rhys Darby mockumentary series Short Poppies.

Netflix series Grace and Frankie, co-created by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, to star Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

Eric Andre cast in Jay Baruchel FX comedy pilot Man Seeking Woman.

Taiwan TV airs a short gay family comedy short film during protests of same sex marriage bill.


The E Trade Baby, voiced by Pete Holmes, quits E Trade.

Robert Kelly and Elizabeth Gillies join Denis Leary’s FX/FXX comedy pilot Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

Adult Swim renews Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell for a second season.

Patton Oswalt will guest star on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

HBO in talks to revive The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow for a second season.

Scandal‘s Dan Bucatinsky joins Casey Wilson comedy pilot Marry Me at NBC.

New season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing finds its host and judges.

CBS renews Two Broke Girls, Two and Half Men, Mike and Molly, and more.

And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.

Which story has your funny bone most tickled this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Jared McDonald says:

    Season 2 of Drunk History of course. I’m hoping for a marathon of season 1 leading up to it just so I can fill my DVR with all the inebriated facts.