What’s happening in the comedy world now…

  • Stephen Colbert revealed he’ll have a cameo in the upcoming movie trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit. Or will he? Colbert teased his visit to the movie set in an interview running in November’s issue of Playboy.
  • Chevy Chase was grumpy again on the set of Community, except this time, his anger about his character’s apparent racism prompted him to wonder when the new writers would ask him to say a racial slur. And he said that slur. Chase then apologized to his cast mates. Somewhere Dan Harmon isn’t caring about all of this.
  • Rainn Wilson isn’t the only member of The Office getting spun off onto his own show. Sort of. Craig Robinson and the show’s E.P. Greg Daniels are developing an untitled sitcom in which Robinson — who plays piano in his stand-up act — teaches music to middle-schoolers. It’s set up with Universal TV, Deedle Dee Productions (Daniels), and 3 Arts.
  • NBC also is developing Spinsters, a single-cam about three, well, spinsters. Written by Chrssy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein (Cougar Town), with The Mark Gordon Co. They’re all repped by ICM.
  • Tom Hertz (Rules of Engagement) received a put-pilot deal with CBS for a new multi-cam based on his early years with his wife. It’s under development with Happy Madison. Hertz is with WME and Cary Hoffman Management.
  • Jason Segel is turning the documentary The Other F Word into a feature with FOX for him to star in — the original doc looked at punk rock musicians as they grew older and had to raise children of their own. Segel is with WME.