What’s happening in the comedy world now…
- Fuse announced the premiere date for the second season of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street — Billy Eichner’s quiz show returns with 12 new half-hours, starting at 10 p.m. Dec. 7. Aside from randomly-picked pedestrians, Eichner also will have help from celebrities this season, including Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, Debra Messing, Andy Cohen, Hank Azaria and Kristen Johnston.
- Franklin and Bash still has Kumail Nanjiani, but won’t have one other cast member when the TBS hourlong legal comedy returns for a third season. Garcelle Beauvais broke the news on her Twitter feed: “Just found out that I’m not being asked back on @franklinandbash #stunned.”
- Comedy Central and Google are partners in the “Indecision 2012 Caption Challenge,” which allows people to create their own memes and share them on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
- Scrubs star Zach Braff has sold his half-hour single-cam, Garage Bar, to ABC. Braff is writing/directing the project, which has a group of friends dealing with the aftermath when one in their circle becomes a star. Braff is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Ken Richmond.
- Jason Jones has an untitled comedy in the works with FOX, thanks to Steve Carell and Chris & Paul Weitz. It would find Jones taking care of his sister’s kids when she is serving in the military. Finally, a war-related comedy again!
- Everybody “cool” in “comedy” will make a guest-starring appearance in an episode of “Arrested Development.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Nerds rejoice. You know how newsworthy a guest-starring role in a sitcom episode is?
- The fallout from The Office, or should I say spin-off, continues. Greg Daniels is working with Robert Padnick on an untitled NBC comedy about four people looking for love and fortune in the city. Or something like that. Padnick, Deedle Dee and 3 Arts are EPs on it. Padnick is repped by UTA and Price Management.
- Patton Oswalt MC’d a benefit last night for The Fulfillment Fund in Los Angeles. Adam Sandler also made a presentation at the event, which raised $2.3 million for low-income students to receive mentoring help toward attending college.