As the calender flips to 2013, I look ahead to the coming year in comedy.
“Best Week Ever” (Jan. 18, VH1): Some of my favorite stand-ups — Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson and John Mulaney — were among the comics who riffed on pop culture in this clip show (2004-2009), which VH1 is rebooting.
“Nikki and Sara Live” (Jan. 29, MTV): Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will bring silliness and sarcasm to the Golden Globes, but the female hosting duo I’m most excited about is Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer. The rising comedians star in an outgrowth of their popular (and often too-raunchy-for-TV) podcast “You Had to Be There.”
“This Is the End” (June 14): Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Jay Baruchel attend a party at James Franco’s house and the world ends. If that sounds like an idea Rogen came up with while stoned, it probably is.
“Anchorman: The Legend Continues” (Dec. 20): In March, I argued that Hollywood suffers a harmful addiction to comedy sequels. The next day, I ate my words when Will Ferrell announced a second “Anchorman.” If any character can break the comedy-sequel curse, it’s Ron Burgundy.