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The 'Chelsea Lately' Roundtable: TV's New Casting Mecca

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 1st 2011 1:45PM
Chelsea HandlerIt doesn't really matter if you think Chelsea Handler's talk show is funny or not, because the TV casting gods have decided that it is.

Five -- count 'em five -- 'Chelsea Lately' comedians have secured lead and supporting roles on network TV shows this fall, and that's not counting how many guest spots the rest of them are probably lining up. So has the 'Chelsea Lately' roundtable become the new casting couch?

Now we should note that these aren't the first lucky/intrepid stand-ups to try to hit it big without Handler: Jen Kirkman famously quit her gig at 'Chelsea' to write for 'Perfect Couples' on NBC, but came back when that show got canceled. And roundtable regular Josh Wolf appeared on several episodes of 'Raising Hope' last season, but never really quit his "day job."

But a few full-time gigs might take the following funny people from late night to primetime for good ... or at least for a while. Take a look at what Chelsea's merry crew of inappropriate comedians will be up to next season.

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