A look at last year's vets
Last year’s vets are still going strong. Catch up with Betty White, Jane Lynch and the rest of the 2009 Impact List.Sandra Bullock:
After proving her comedy drawing power in “The Proposal,” Bullock went on to demonstrate her dramatic chops in $256 million grosser “The Blind Side,” earning an Oscar for her performance. Sacha Baron Cohen:
Coasting on “Bruno’s” $60 million haul, Cohen has a number of projects in development, including a Freddie Mercury biopic he’s set to star in. He will next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo Cabret.”
Co-starred in the year’s biggest live-action comedy, “Grown Ups,” which earned $162 million domestic. Upcoming starring roles include “The Dilemma” with Vince Vaughn and “Zookeeper,” a comedy co-written by James. Shawn Levy:
The “Night at the Museum” helmer had another hit in “Date Night” ($99 million domestic). Next up: “Real Steel,” a sci-fi drama starring Hugh Jackman as the trainer to a humanoid robot boxer. Leslie Mann:
With 2009’s “I Love You Phillip Morris” finally getting its North American release, Mann will be on the bigscreen again later this year. Upcoming projects include femme roadtrip laffer “Business Trip” and “The Change-Up.” Scott Moore & Jon Lucas:
Having passed the reigns of the “Hangover” sequel to other scribes, the duo’s “The Change-Up” is currently lensing with Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman and Leslie Mann. Todd Phillips:
At the end of the day, “The Hangover” earned $277 million domestic, which the director followed up with road-trip comedy “Due Date” ($85 million), before circling back to make “The Hangover Part II,” coming in May. Paul Rudd:
Rudd played straight man to Steve Carell in “Dinner for Schmucks” ($73 million) and co-stars with Reese Witherspoon in James L. Brooks’ upcoming “How Do You Know,” which opens Dec. 17.
With help from former “Saturday Night Live” stars, he had his biggest hit since 1999’s “Big Daddy” in “Grown Ups” ($162 million). Upcoming perfs include “Jack and Jill” with Al Pacino and Kevin James starrer “Zookeeper.” Betty White:
“The Proposal” reenergized the octogenarian comedienne’s career, with hosting gigs (she did “Saturday Night Live” last May) and guest appearances in everything from “Community” to “Hot in Cleveland” (earning series regular status). Bill Damaschke:
DreamWorks Animation had a big 2010, releasing a record three CG tentpoles. Sequels for hits “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar” and “How to Train Your Dragon” are all in the works. Seth Green:
Won his first Emmy this year in outstanding short-format animation for “Robot Chicken,” which is still strong in Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. Richard Brener:
The New Line prexy saw romantic comedies “Going the Distance” and “Sex and the City 2” earn decent B.O. earlier this year. Brener returns to his forte, the star-heavy ensemble comedy, next year with “Valentine’s Day” follow-up “New Year’s Eve.” Stephen Colbert:
After two Emmys and a buzzworthy Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear with Jon Stewart on Washington D.C.’s National Mall, Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” continues as a satiric voice in the national agenda.
Juggles his “Late Late Show” with extracurricular work like in-development CBS sitcom “Roz,” standup special “Does This Need to be Said” for Epix and voice work in DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon.” Chuck Lorre:
Continues to produce CBS laffers “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” His latest skein, “Mike & Molly,” is the season’s highest-rated new comedy. Jane Lynch:
At 50, her career is going stronger than ever, with dual Emmy nominations this year (she won comedy supporting actress honors for portraying the sinister Sue Sylvester on Fox’s “Glee”). Also voiced an ogre in “Shrek Forever After.”
With the talkshow controversies (and his “Prohibited From Being Funny” comedy tour) behind him, O’Brien’s “Conan” bowed to 4.2 million viewers on TBS on Nov. 8.
Fresh off his first Emmy win for CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” Parsons is hard at work on the new season, and next year he’s slated to appear in “The Big Year,” a comedy about rival bird watchers. Tyler Perry:
The multihyphenate is keeping busy balancing skeins “House of Payne,” “Meet the Browns” and an upcoming untitled third series with his film work (he has release three features since the last Comedy Impact Report). Andy Samberg:
Continues to liven up Saturday nights with his weekly digital shorts on “SNL.” Upcoming bigscreen credits include small roles in comedies “What’s Your Number?” and “Friends With Benefits.” Wanda Sykes:
Sykes has a number of legit appearances on her plate, starting with a production of “Annie” in Media, Pa., through Jan. 16 and continuing with and a comedy tour in early 2011.
This exec keeps CBS the winner in sitcoms week-to-week with new skeins “Mike & Molly” and “$#*! My Dad Says.” Looking ahead, “Mad Love” with Jason Biggs and Judy Greer will enter the lineup midseason. Dame Edna:
Lilac-haired drag performer Barry Humphries enjoyed a short-lived Broadway run with his show “All About Me,” co-starring Michael Feinstein, at the Henry Miller’s Theater in March.
Now a New York Times bestseller for his memoir “All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me.” His popular standup tour landed him the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ comedy list. Yasmine Reza:
Co-wrote the film adaptation of her Tony-winning play “God of Carnage” with Roman Polanski, who is slated to direct.
Mark Rowswell, aka “DASHAN”:
Recently Dashan has stepped away from his comedy roots to act as a cultural ambassador between China and North America. Most recently, he served as Canada’s Commissioner General for World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Erik Flannigan:
Saw record web visits to Comedy Central’s online entities as well as success for new multiplatform property “Tosh.0.” Also behind the multiple websites and Twitter accounts that made the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear such a success. Evan Williams & Biz Stone:
The Twitter empire continues to grow with a deal struck with iTunes’ social networking platform Ping that allows users to preview songs within Twitter. Popular accounts “Shh … Don’t Tell Steve” and “Dear Girls Above Me” secured script deals at CBS. Zach Galifianakis:
In addition to making celebs intensely uncomfortable on his “Between Two Ferns” web series, he co-starred in $85 million earner “Due Date” and continues as a series regular in HBO’s “Bored to Death.”