Comedy Impact Report 2011: Alumni
Carell ended his run as Michael Scott on NBC’s “The Office” in April and starred in summer romantic comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, which grossed $143 million worldwide.
Animated flick “Megamind” hit $321 million worldwide. Ferrell returned to TV for a four-episode arc on NBC’s “The Office. He played Deangelo Vickers, a temporary replacement for Steve Carell’s Michael Scott.
Dugan teamed up with frequent collaborator Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker for “Just Go With It,” which grossed $215 million worldwide.
Stone remained on a hot streak in 2011 with “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” which grossed $143 million worldwide and her dramatic turn as Skeeter in “The Help,” which has grossed $187 million worldwide.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker’s spin as a do-it-all modern mom in “I Don’t Know How She Does It” fell flat, grossing $24 million worldwide. Look for her in Garry Marshall’s “New Years Eve” this December.
Meledandri produced Easter-themed “Hop,” which starred James Marsden and Russell Brand as the voice of the Easter Bunny. “Hop” grossed more than $185 million worldwide.
McHale’s “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D” grossed nearly $70 million worldwide. He continues to play Jeff on NBC’s “Community” and lampoons celebs on E!’s “The Soup.”
Christopher Lloyd & Steven Levitan
Lloyd and Levitan’s “Modern Family” struck Emmys gold this September with five wins and their stars sweeping the supporting category. “Family” is consistently pulling in more than 13 million live viewers each week in its third season.
Oliver voiced Vanity in “The Smurfs,” which grossed $518 million worldwide, and continues his runs on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and NBC’s “Community.”
Though he was fired “Two and a Half Men” in March and his “Torpedo” tour crashed and burned, Sheen is set to star in film “Charles Swan,” written and directed by Roman Coppola, and his TV comedy “Anger Management” will preem early 2012 on FX.
Tosh continues his national “Tosh.0” tour and his Comedy Central show of the same name was renewed for a fourth season after it was the net’s highest rated show in its third season, averaging 4.2 million viewers.
Fallon launched shingle Holiday Road in January to produce scripted and unscripted TV series. In October the shingle sold three shows to NBC, where the funnyman continues to host “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
TBS cancelled “Lopez Tonight” in August due to poor viewership. Lopez lent his voice to a couple of animated films this past year including Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rio” and Columbia’s “The Smurfs.”
Handler sold a series based on her tome “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” to NBC, which she’ll star in with Laura Prepon. Still hosting “Chelsea Lately” talker, Handler’s TV mockumentary “After Lately” was also renewed in May.
After his Edinburgh Fringe Fest appearance, Burnham toured the U.K. in June and continues to perform throughout the U.S. He also had a small role as a bartender in New Line’s Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson starrer “Hall Pass.”
Nominated for an Oscar for his dramatic perf as Micky Ward in 2010’s “The Fighter,” Wahlberg has kept busy producing HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” which came back for a second season in October.
Romantic comedy and ensemble film “New Years Eve,” a follow-up to his 2010 “Valentine’s Day,” will bow this December.
C.K. earned two Emmy noms, for writer and lead actor, for his FX show “Louie.”
Peters, whose stand up U.S. tour continues, played a comedian opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in “Source Code,” which grossed $126 million worldwide.
Knoxville continued his antics in “Jackass: 3.5,” which features unused footage from “Jackass: 3D.” “Jackass: 3.5” premiered in June on MTV.
Robinson continues to play Darryl Philbin and President Jackson on NBC’s “The Office.” Filmed “We the Peeples,” “Rapturepalooza,” and “Escape from Planet Earth,” all tentatively slated for 2012 bows.
Comedy Central is partnering with the New York Television Festival for a short pilot competition. The winner, announced in April, will get a production deal with Comedy Central.
Wrote “Rock of Ages,” bowing June 2012 and starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Hough.
His film “Ten Year” about a group of high school friends returning for a reunion was shown at the Toronto Film Festival in Sept. and voices Alvin in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked” in theaters Dec. 16.
Seinfeld continues to exec produce NBC’s “The Marriage Ref.” In 2012, he will appear in Showtime’s new interview show “Laughing Stock,” exec produced by David Steinberg and Steve Carell.
The Gregory Brothers
The four auto-tuned songs the Gregory Brothers created for the 2011 Oscars earned them an Emmy nom in the outstanding short-form picture editing category.
Produced the docu “Signing On: Stories of Deaf Breast Cancer Survivors – Their Families and the Deaf Community” and is working on “Private Benjamin,” with Anna Faris attached to star.
Taiwan green lit Lai’s cable news channel in July after he agreed to leave sex and violence out of his trademark animated news.
Schneider continues as a scribe and producer on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and “iCarly.” He wrote the theme song for Food Network’s “Hungry Girl.”
Will co-write the script for a live action “Thomas the Tank Engine” film to be helmed by Shane Acker.