Comedy Impact Report 2011: Alumni
Steve CarellCarell 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. Will Ferrell 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. Dennis Dugan Dugan teamed up with frequent collaborator Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker for “Just Go With It,” which grossed $215 million worldwide. Emma Stone 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. Chris Meledandri 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. Joel McHale 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. John Oliver 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.” Charlie Sheen 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. Daniel Tosh 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. Jimmy Fallon 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.” George Lopez 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.” Chelsea Handler 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. Bo Burnham 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.” Mark Wahlberg 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. Garry Marshall Romantic comedy and ensemble film “New Years Eve,” a follow-up to his 2010 “Valentine’s Day,” will bow this December. Louis C.K. C.K. earned two Emmy noms, for writer and lead actor, for his FX show “Louie.” Russell Peters Peters, whose stand up U.S. tour continues, played a comedian opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in “Source Code,” which grossed $126 million worldwide. Johnny Knoxville Knoxville continued his antics in “Jackass: 3.5,” which features unused footage from “Jackass: 3D.” “Jackass: 3.5″ premiered in June on MTV. Craig Robinson 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. Kent Alterman 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. Michael Arndt Wrote “Rock of Ages,” bowing June 2012 and starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Hough. Justin Long 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. Jerry Seinfeld 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. Nancy Meyers 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. Jimmy Lai Taiwan green lit Lai’s cable news channel in July after he agreed to leave sex and violence out of his trademark animated news. Dan Schneider Schneider continues as a scribe and producer on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and “iCarly.” He wrote the theme song for Food Network’s “Hungry Girl.” Josh Klausner Will co-write the script for a live action “Thomas the Tank Engine” film to be helmed by Shane Acker.
Want Entertainment News First? Sign up for Variety Alerts and Newsletters!