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The Biggest Happenings In Comedy Right Now 4/5/14

There’s still plenty of speculation on the probability of life on other planets, James Franco allegedly creeping on a teenage girl, and the Supreme Court’s decision that it was unconstitutional to limit overall political contributions. While that’s all “well and good,” it’s not at all touching on the tectonic plate shifting in the world of comedy: David Letterman and Chelsea Handler preparing to leave their current shows, Key & Peele received one of their most notable awards yet, FX/FXX ordered a bunch of projects from the guys behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and much more. So, I know that you probably already skipped ahead, but, just in case you haven’t, here are The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.

Wil Wheaton to host his own clip show The Wil Wheaton Project at SyFy debuting May 27th.

Prankster extraordinaire Randy Liedtke made a Kickstarter to fund his “Office Trash Can Art Installation”.

Chelsea Handler planning to not renew her contract at E! at the end of this year.

Grant Lyon took 1st place in the comedy competition at The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA.

Showtime renews Nurse Jackie for a seventh season.

Amazon picks up Mozart In The Jungle starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jill Soloway’s Transparent to series and renews Garry Trudeau’s Alpha House.

Richard Dreyfuss co-starring in TBS comedy pilot Your Family or Mine.

DirecTV orders its first original comedy series Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight.

Aisha Tyler’s book Self-Inflicted Wounds has been optioned by CBS TV Studios to be adapted into a TV series.

Comedy Bang! Bang! season 3 guest star list includes anyone from Fred Armisen to Tony Hawk to Aimee Mann and much more.

Comedy Central launches its free mobile app, full of hundreds of hours of Comedy Central series, specials, and more.

Jeff Bridges will appear as The Dude with his band The Abiders at this year’s Lebowski Fest LA.

Kevin Hart comedy pilot being reworked at ABC, casts Ryan Michelle Bathe.

Stephen Colbert offered a response to the #CancelColbert movement.

HBO developing Kristin Gore-Jay Roach comedy project Women In Space.

50 Cent has now joined the cast of Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, being directed by Paul Feig.

Key & Peele won a Peabody Award.

Mandy Moore set to star in CBS comedy pilot Good Session.

Comedy Central orders comedy pilot from producers and writers of Happy Endings.


FX/FXX renews It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for two seasons, orders a series starring Tracy Morgan and three scripts, all to be produced by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton.

Eugene Mirman’s Pretty Good Friends going on tour with UK comedian Daniel Kitson.

Judd Apatow to release a book of interviews he’s done with comedians.

Jason Bateman will narrate a Lego documentary.

Will Ferrell to star as Bobby Riggs in film adaptation of famous 1973 tennis match The Battle of The Sexes, Match Maker.

SoulPancake’s Kid President ordered to series at Hub Network.

David Letterman retiring from CBS in 2015.

Baby Cow Productions set for Alan Partridge sequel and series.

Nick Offerman to play Ignatius J. Reilly in live stage reading of A Confederacy of Dunces.

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. Tillburg says:

    I’m still crushed about John Pinette.

  2. Kristoffer says:

    Aisha Tyler could make a good host for Late Show after dave?