Comedy Impact alumni update

How 2007's honorees spent the year


Tim Allen Flexed his not-so-comic side in David Mamet’s “Redbelt.”

Judd Apatow The comedy czar produced five releases since last year’s list and is now directing “Funny People.” See page A5.

Walt Becker Spent 2008 directing “Wild Hogs”-like comedy “Old Dogs,” starring John Travolta and Robin Williams.

Michael Cera Followed “Juno” with “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” which has earned more than $31 million. Will next be seen in Harold Ramis’ “The Year One.”

Jonah Hill Steady supporting work included “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” Plays lead in Apatow-produced “Get Him to the Greek.”

The Hot Fuzz Guys While Nick Frost and Edgar Wright laid low, Simon Pegg starred in low-grossing comedies “Run, Fatboy, Run” and “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” (with “Star Trek” reboot due in December).

Kevin James Quiet year included a cameo in “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s “Big Night of Stars.” Will be seen next in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

Dwayne Johnson Dropped “The Rock” from his screen credit. Starred alongside Steve Carell in “Get Smart,” with “Race to Witch Mountain” and “Tooth Fairy” in the works.

Tyler Perry His “House of Payne” skein was renewed for another season, with TBS greenlighting 10 half-hours of a second sitcom based on his pic “Meet the Browns” (which made $42 million at the B.O.).

John C. Reilly “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” disappointed at $18.3 million, but he struck gold opposite Will Ferrell in “Step Brothers,” which topped $100 million.

Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody Both earned Oscar noms for “Juno” (Cody won for her screenplay). Reitman has “Up in Air” next, Cody’s packed slate includes horror comedy “Jennifer’s Body” and Showtime skein “The United States of Tara.”

Seth Rogen Voice work in “Kung Fu Panda,” “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” Live in “Pineapple Express” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” See page A6.

Adam Sandler Starred in “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” which brought in $100 million. Takes on the family auds as he stars in the holiday pic “Bedtime Stories.”

John Travolta Golden Globe nominated for “Hairspray.” Plays the lead voice in Disney toon “Bolt.” Has “Old Dogs” skedded for next Thanksgiving.


Brad Bird “Ratatouille” earned the “Incredibles” director his second Oscar. Now trying his hand at live-action with San Francisco earthquake drama “1906.”

Jerry Seinfeld His pic “Bee Movie” earned $287 million worldwide. No more toons in the works.

The Simpsons troika James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean saw ratings get their biggest boost in five years with the show’s latest “Treehouse of Horror” special.


Jim Gaffigan TBS skein “My Boys,” on which he co-stars, was picked up for a third season. Currently on a sold-out tour in North America. Appearing in new Sam Mendes comedy next year.

Katt Williams Headlining the year’s No. 2 domestic comedy tour (behind Dane Cook), which has earned nearly $20 million so far.

Demetri Martin Movie “The Rocker” (in which he appeared) made just $6.4 million, but things are looking up between Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock” and Comedy Central spesh “Important Things With Demetri Martin.”

Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Broadway adaptation of “Young Frankenstein” failed to reproduce the “Producers” phenom, opening to mixed reviews last November.

WEB HEADS Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy’s site now averages 6 million uniques a month. Paris Hilton election video scored more than 9 million views. Comedy tour sold out. HBO commissioned 10 episodes for TV.

The Lonely Island Guys No new films together since 2007’s “Hot Rod,” though “Saturday Night Live” ratings spiked this fall. Andy Samberg’s Mark Walhberg impression brought the actor to the show.

Perez Hilton Launched “Radio Perez” in May, a hit radio mini-feature airing in 9 of 10 top markets. Debuted fashion line. Finished his book “Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide on Keeping Up With The Hiltons,” due out in January.


Bill Engvall His TBS skein was picked up for a third season as its ratings continued to climb. Plays a supporting role in next year’s “All’s Faire in Love.”

Tina Fey Scored three Emmys and a Golden Globe for “30 Rock.” Her Sarah Palin impersonation became a cultural phenomenon.

Jenna Fischer “The Office” is NBC’s big comedy winner this season, but her bigscreen efforts (in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and “The Promotion”) fizzled.

Bryan Fuller Three Emmys and favorable reviews haven’t necessarily translated into strong ratings for his ABC skein “Pushing Daisies.”

Ricky Gervais The “Extras” finale racked up four Emmy noms, but his Capraesque “Ghost Town” pic stalled at $13.3 million. HBO just aired a special based on his hit “Out of England” tour.

Neil Patrick Harris Emmy-nommed for “How I Met Your Mother.” Returned for “Harold and Kumar” sequel. Web series “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” was a viral hit.

Steve Koonin Took over Turner’s comedy festival business. See page A9.

Chuck Lorre “Two and a Half Men” still tops among sitcoms. His other CBS comedy, “Big Bang Theory,” was picked up for a second season amid steady ratings.

Bret McKenzie & Jemaine Clement Writers strike stalled a second season of “Flight of the Conchords,” which returns next year.

Tracy Morgan “30 Rock” returned with a ratings boost earlier this month, while his film, “First Sunday,” made $38 million. Upcoming pics include “G-Force” and “Nailed.”

Conan O’Brien His talkshow scored another Emmy nom for writing. Takes over for Jay Leno next summer as the host of “The Tonight Show.”

Amy Poehler Emmy nominated for “Saturday Night Live” (she played Hillary Clinton through primary season). Tapped to star in NBC skein from the creators of “The Office.”

Jaime Pressly “My Name Is Earl” still a role player for NBC. Played a disapproving jungle bird in “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”

Sarah Silverman 2008’s viral comedy queen, between her pro-Obama “The Great Schlep” campaign and Emmy-winning “I’m Fucking Matt Damon” song.

Jon Stewart “The Daily Show” won its 11th Emmy this year. Hosted the Oscars.

See 2007 Comedy Impact Report

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