It's weird to think that #Community ended over a year ago — it feels like only yesterday that we lost one of the smartest TV comedies to ever hit our screens. Season 6 received mixed reviews from fans and critics, but I liked it all the same, even with the absence of Troy (#DonaldGlover). The talented actors behind Abed, Annie, Britta, Pierce, Jeff and Shirley have all moved on to new and exciting projects — let's delve into how much they've changed since the first episode, and what projects they're working on now!
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1. Gillian Jacobs - Britta
Gillian Jacobs has been doing well since Community, most notably starring in the critically acclaimed Netflix comedy, Love. This show ran for 11 episodes and is expected to return early 2017, according to creator #JuddApatow:
Gillian Jacobs currently only has one film releasing next year, Lemon, which focuses on a man's life unraveling after his blind girlfriend leaves him. This film will also star Michael Cera and Judy Greer.
2. Joel McHale - Jeff
#JoelMcHale was the heart of the Community squad, and stayed with us right til the end. It's safe to say that Joel is doing pretty well for himself after Community, having featured in various TV shows like Dr Ken (above), The X-Files, Difficult People and The Great Outdoors all this year alone.
He's got two films coming out next year — the first one is called Stuck, which also stars Felicity Day and Heather Matarazzo. This comedy is about a girl called Darby who is placed on house arrest in her ex-boyfriend's home, which he now shares with his fiance. Expect this one to be a hilarious, insult-ridden comedy which highlights the nightmarish scenario!
3. Daniel Pudi - Abed
Abed Nadir is probably my all-time favorite TV nerd; he was wonderfully portrayed by Daniel Pudi. The Chicago-born actor has kept himself quite busy with life after Community by featuring in various TV shows like co-star Joel McHale. He's been in Dr Ken (also like Joel McHale), Trip Tank, Angie Tribeca and Better Things, as well as making a cool little cameo in Star Trek Beyond!
2017 is looking pretty good so far for Daniel Pudi — he's got DC Comics' new TV show, Powerless, starting next year. He's also starring in Smurfs: The Lost Village, which comes out next April. We've seen him lend his voice to various animation episodes in Community, so it will be cool seeing him in one of the Smurfs movies! Check out a featurette to his new TV show, #Powerless, below:
4. Alison Brie - Annie
Alison Brie is one of the busiest stars to come out of Community, starring in her films like How To Be Single and taking a funny supporting role in Get Hard (with Will Ferrell). The Hollywood-born actress is still very young, yet she has an incredibly busy schedule, brimming with film and TV work.
In 2017, Alison Brie has two films coming out, as well as starring in a TV show. The first film is The Masterpiece, which is a comedic documentary telling the story of Tommy Wiseau's infamous movie, The Room. This mockumentary has a stellar cast full of comedy superstars, such as: Dave Franco, Bryan Cranston, Seth Rogen, James Franco, among many others.
Her other film, The Little Hours, also features her Masterpiece co-star Dave Franco. This comedy tells the story of a young woman who joins a covenant full of emotionally unstable nuns during the middle ages. This funny take on the other side of nuns will also star Aubrey Plaza and John C. Reilly.
The TV show she's starring in, G.L.O.W., is being distributed by Netflix, which is always a sign of a good show. This means both Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie will be in the Netflix family going into 2017! This TV show is another comedy for Alison Brie, but like nothing you've ever seen her in before. It follows the story of professional women wrestlers in Los Angeles back in the '80s. This series will also have Ellen Wong and Kate Nash in the cast.
5. Donald Glover - Troy
2016 has been as fantastic year for the incredibly talented Donald Glover. We saw him play the insanely smart and quirky Rich Parnell in The Martian, and this year he took the world by storm with his fantastic new TV show, Atlanta.
Next year we get to see Donald Glover in the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as playing Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie coming out in 2018! This dude has just got it all going on for him right now, and if you want to learn more about the fantastic Donald Glover, check out my article about him below!
6. Yvette Nicole Brown - Shirley
Yvette Nicole Brown is not quite as busy as her Community co-stars, but she's still working on various projects. She's mainly focusing on voice-acting jobs, like taking on the role of Amanda Waller in DC Super Hero Girls and Luna in Elena of Avalor.
In 2017, Brown will appear in a mini-series about the band New Edition, called The New Edition Story, which also stars Anika C. McFall and La La Anthony.
7. Jim Rash - The Dean
Jim Rash was one of the funniest characters on Community, playing the obsessive-yet-caring college Dean. Work has been pretty steady for Jim Rash, as he appeared in multiple TV shows since leaving Community, including: Rick and Morty, Lucifer, Family Guy and even Ken Jeong's show Dr. Ken (like Community co-stars Joel McHale and Daniel Pudi). Jim Rash also featured in a hilarious Captain America: Civil War cameo where fans of Community knew exactly what was going on. If you haven't seen Captain America: Civil War yet, the scene Jim Rash appears in is near the start and he can be seen as a Dean-like character asking Tony Stark for more funds, which is totally in keeping with his Community character!
As of now, Jim Rash only has one upcoming project in development and that's the film Bernard and Huey, which also stars Mae Whitman, Lauren Miller and Richard Kind. The film doesn't have an in-depth plot synopsis yet, but we do know it's about two friends reuniting and complications arising. Keep an eye out for this comedy next year!
8. Ken Jeong - Ben Chang
We've mentioned Ken Jeong quite a bit on this list so far, mainly because various Community stars have appeared in Jeong's ABC show, Dr. Ken. This show has occupied most of Jeong's time since leaving Community, but the show will come to an end this year.
Luckily, being one of the funniest stars in Community comes with its benefits, and Ken Jeong will be glad to be keeping busy going into 2017. He has two projects left this year, the first being a film called Killing Hasselhoff, which revolves around a nightclub owner who is struggling to pay off a loan shark and finds himself in hot water. This wacky film is also going to star David Hasselhoff (playing himself, naturally), Justin Bieber and Jon Lovitz. There's no release date for this crazy-sounding comedy, but I know I'll be keeping my eye out for a trailer soon!
It's great to see the cast of Community all doing well since the show's end, because so many times TV actors seem to fade away. I'm extremely excited to see what the future holds for Alison Brie and Donald Glover in particular, as I think they have potential to be real stars. I'd love to know your thoughts, did these actors stay as busy as you might have expected? Let me know in the comments which Community star is your favorite!