Last year’s most influential comedy players continue to make waves throughout the industry. Find out how the names featured in the 2011 Comedy Impact Report spent the last 12 months.
BIGSCREEN BIGSHOTSWoody Allen: After winning the original screenplay for his biggest commercial hit, “Midnight in Paris,” the writer-director released “To Rome with Love,” earning $72 million worldwide. Jason Bateman: In addition to reviving “Arrested Development,” Bateman — who had a small role in “Hit and Run” this summer — will appear in “The Longest Week” opposite Olivia Wilde and “Identity Thief” with Melissa McCarthy. Johnny Depp: In addition to announcing another appearance as the tongue-in-cheek pirate Capt. Jack Sparrow, Depp will appear in “The Lone Ranger,” which he also exec produced. Cameron Diaz: The “Bad Teacher” star had a low-profile 2012, with a role in the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” ensemble and a funny voiceover bit (as Sigmund Freud) in the animated Graham Chapman doc “A Liar’s Autobiography.” Paul Feig: The “Bridesmaids” helmer went back behind the camera to direct “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, set to be released in April of 2013. Dan Fogelman: The “Crazy Stupid Love” scribe wrote and is exec producing “The Guilt Trip,” starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. He also wrote and produced the pilot for ABC’s “The Neighbors.” Zach Galfianakis: After the success of “The Hangover” and its sequel, Galfianakis co-starred in “The Campaign” opposite of Will Ferrell. The film has earned $103 million worldwide. Seth Gordon: The “Horrible Bosses” helmer just wrapped production on “Identity Thief,” a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Neil Patrick Harris: The “Smurfs” star is still going strong with his TV show “How I Met Your Mother,” in its eighth season, and will co-star with the little blue men again in next year’s “The Smurfs 2.” Jake Kasdan: After directing “Bad Teacher,” Kasdan returned to TV, where he directed the pilot for Fox sitcom “Ben and Kate,” while continuing to produce “New Girl.” Ken Jeong: The “Community” star has landed quite a few film projects since his stint on “The Hangover,” including “Pain and Gain” with Mark Wahlberg, and a voice role in “Turbo.” Todd Philips: “The Hangover” honcho applied a similar wild-and-crazy formula to the teen-party genre by producing “Project X,” which earned $100 million worldwide. He is also producing “The Hangover Part III” for 2013 release. Adam Sandler: Recently voiced Dracula in the Sony animated hit “Hotel Transylvania,” which is going strong, having already grossed $271 million worldwide. His “That’s My Boy,” however, disappointed, earning less than $37 million in the U.S. Next up is 2013′s “Grown Ups 2.” Justin Timberlake: Continued to flex his comedy muscles on “Saturday Night Live” while expanding his bigscreen resume opposite Clint Eastwood in the baseball drama “Trouble with the Curve.” Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo: Wiig is currently involved in a number of projects, including “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (opposite Ben Stiller) and voice roles in “Despicable Me 2″ and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Her “Bridesmaids” co-writer can next be seen in Judd Apatow’s “This is 40.”
TUBE TITANSAziz Ansari: Ansari’s latest voiceover project, “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” grossed over $874 million worldwide this year. The actor/comedian will be the voice of Mub in “Epic,” an animation movie starring Josh Hutcherson and Colin Farrell, set to be released in 2013. Ty Burrell: Everyone’s favorite TV dad earned this third Emmy nom as Phil Dunphy on “Modern Family.” He also popped up on the bigscreen this year with indies “Butter” and “Goats.” Whitney Cummings: Her two shows, “2 Broke Girls” (CBS) and “Whitney” (NBC), both got second season pickups. This month she can also be seen on new E! talker “Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings.” Charlie Day: The thesp and showrunner’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is going strong in its eighth season, with three more on the way. Next up is Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.” Zooey Deschanel and Liz Meriwether: Pair’s laffer “New Girl,” exec produced by Meriwether and starring Deschanel, enjoyed continued success in second season, winning Fox’s Tues. night comedy showdown with an average of more than 5 million viewers. Samie Kim Falvey: As senior VP of comedy development at ABC, Falvey oversees the net’s lineup of laffers, including new hit “The Neighbors” and “Don’t Trust the B—–.” Ed Helms: In addition to his ongoing gig on “The Office,” the comedic star surfaced in indie “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” and blockbuster toon “The Lorax.” He also just wrapped “We’re the Millers,” starring Jennifer Aniston. Ashton Kutcher: The star has kept “Two and a Half Men” running strong since Charlie Sheen’s departure. He can next be seen as Apple founder Steve Jobs in “Jobs.” Melissa McCarthy: Thesp nabbed two Emmy noms for roles in “Mike and Molly” and “SNL” guest stint. Back on the big screen this fall in Judd Apatow’s “This is 40″ and Seth Gordon’s “Identity Thief,” out Feb. Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh: The creators of Disney Channel’s boffo “Phineas and Ferb” have been focused on their first feature film, based on the mischievous toon duo.
STANDUP GUYSKevin Hart: The comedian was all over the screens this year, with roles in “The Five-Year Engagement” and hit “Think Like a Man,” which made more than $91 million in domestic B.O. Also appeared on “Modern Family.” Patton Oswalt: His poignant role in the Diablo Cody-scripted “Young Adult” earned the funnyman critical hosannas. He followed that with a more comical turn in “Nature Calls” opposite Johnny Knoxville. Matt Stone & Trey Parker: Comedic duo’s “Book of Mormon” continues its Broadway boom with a North American tour, grossing more than $2 million weekly. “South Park” (in its 16th season) remains one of Comedy Central’s highest rated shows. Daniel Tosh: Though he took flak for a controversial rape joke, the comedian’s success continued with his second stand-up tour, “Tosh Tour Twenty Twelve,” and the recent fifth season renewal of “Tosh.0.” Dane Boedigheimer: Took his online creation into the realm of television by creating and starring in “The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange” for Cartoon Network, a series spun off from his hit YouTube series. The Lonely Island: The musical trio shared a cameo in the Akiva Schaffer-directed Fox comedy “The Watch.” Andy Samberg left “SNL,” starring in the features “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “That’s My Boy” and “Hotel Transylvania.” Jorma Taccone most recently had a guest stint on HBO’s “Girls.” Maker Studios: The viral video powerhouse has pioneered cross-promotion and other personality-building tactics, climbing to the top as the No. 1 independent network on YouTube. Harley Morenstein: His “Epic Meal Time” continues to drive massive YouTube traffic with 2.8 million subscribers and 460 million views. Next up is new competition show “Epic Shef,” to debut on the website in late Nov.
FOREIGN FUNNYMENRafinha Bastos: The comic, known as Twitter’s most influential tweeter, exec produces “Saturday Night Live” in Brazil, which launched this past May on Rede TV! Ian Morris & Damon Beesley: The pair’s bigscreen “The Inbetweeners Movie” continued to roll out worldwide, earning more than $88 million around the globe. The pair currently exec produce the show’s American adaptation on MTV. Michel Hazanavicius: Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” scored big at the B.O and awards circuit, earning nearly $45 million worldwide and winning him Acade
my Awards for director and picture. Feng Xiaogang: The popular Chinese helmer directed “Back to 1942″ with Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins. The ambitious period pic opens Nov. 29 in Hong Kong.