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What The Cast Of Community Is Doing Now

In 2009, a new sitcom premiered on NBC, one that would never rise to the same ratings heights of hits like Friends or The Office but would nonetheless build its own special following. Boasting the writing talents of creator Dan Harmon and a tremendous ensemble cast that included comedy mainstays and newcomers, Community quickly became one of the most talked about and most consistently entertaining shows on television.

As the series went on — and it became clear that it would never be the hit that some of its network mates were — the Community fandom only grew more dedicated to keeping the show alive. The phrase "six seasons and a movie" became their rallying cry, and the show managed to survive for five seasons on NBC before getting a sixth on the streaming service Yahoo! Screen. The movie has yet to materialize, but the show did manage to produce a cast of stars who've all gone on to big things since the series ended. Here's what the cast of Community is up to today.

Joel McHale has kept pretty busy since leaving Community

Before he landed the role of Jeff Winger on Community, actor and comedian Joel McHale was perhaps best known to audiences as the host of The Soup, a weekly clip show reacting to and mocking wild TV moments broadcast on E!. The role of Jeff highlighted McHale's acting talents, and other roles soon followed. While Community was still on the air, he nabbed major parts in films and series like Ted, Sons of Anarchy, Adult Beginners, and more.

Since Community ended in 2015, McHale has stayed busy. In 2018, he returned to his Soup roots with The Joel McHale Show, another clip-based comedy series with a similar format produced by Netflix. He's also continued acting regularly, with recent credits including The Great Indoors, The X-Files, A Futile and Stupid Gesture (in which he played Community co-star Chevy Chase), Santa Clarita Diet, and more. On top of all that, he helped clear up some unanswered questions about Tiger King via an aftershow episode, and he was cast as veteran superhero Sylvester Pemberton, aka Starman, in the DC Universe streaming series Stargirl

Alison Brie has starred in some of the greatest TV shows ever made

Alison Brie had the good fortune of landing key roles in two massively influential TV series at almost the same time. Two years before Community premiered, she picked up the role of Trudy Campbell on the AMC series Mad Men, which would go on to be one of the most acclaimed TV series of the 21st century. Then came Annie Edison on Community, and Brie suddenly had two shows on at once, which allowed her to flex both her comedic and dramatic acting muscles.

This major TV presence led to movie roles in films like Scream 4 and Sleeping with Other People, but even before her Community and Mad Men roles were completed, Brie also landed yet another massively acclaimed TV series when she nabbed the part of Diane Nguyen in the Netflix animated comedy Bojack Horseman. Then, in 2017, came GLOW, a period dramedy about an all-female wrestling promotion and their various personal and professional trials. Brie's most recent release is the acclaimed drama Horse Girl, and she's shown up in other acclaimed films like Steven Spielberg's The Post, as well as the crazy biopic The Disaster Artist.

Donald Glover has found nothing but success

Donald Glover spent much of the 2000s paying his dues in the comedy, performing in video shorts and sketches and developing his own stand-up comedy routine. His first major break in the TV world came when he was hired as a writer on the acclaimed NBC series 30 Rock, and his next break came when he was cast as Troy Barnes on Community. Playing Troy on the series earned Glover a wide fan base, which then helped him to expand his budding music career during the show's run. He released his first two full-length albums as Childish Gambino while on Community, then left the show at the beginning of the fifth season to pursue other music-related projects.

Glover's star has continued to rise ever since. In 2016, he debuted his own new music-driven comedy series, Atlanta, and has since won both Golden Globes and Emmys for his work on the show. He's also since won five Grammy Awards for his music as Childish Gambino, most notably for the incredible "This is America," and his rise has led to increasingly large film roles. For example, he showed up as Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming, played a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and he led the cast of Disney's remake of The Lion King.

Danny Pudi was a fan-favorite on Community

Before Community, Danny Pudi was a largely unknown young actor who you might've recognized for his small roles on shows like Gilmore Girls and Greek. Then came the character of Abed Nadir, easily the most memorably eccentric of the show's ensemble cast, and Pudi soon became a fan-favorite star with a devoted following of his own. Though frequent scene partner Donald Glover exited the show early, Pudi stayed on through Community's sixth and final season, then got busy with other opportunities.

Pudi has continued to work regularly in TV and film, and 2017 in particular was a standout year for him. That year, he starred in the short-lived but memorable NBC comedy series Powerless, and he also landed the role of Huey Duck on the well-received revival of DuckTales, which premiered its third season in April 2020. He's also recently been seen in the new series Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, which premiered in 2020 on Apple TV+.

Gillian Jacobs is still making audiences laugh

Gillian Jacobs built up a steady stream of credits in the 2000s, landing roles in series like The Book of Daniel and films like The Box before being cast as Britta Perry on Community. The role bolstered her career and showed off her versatility as an actress and comedian, and more roles soon followed. While Community was still on the air, she landed parts in Tiny Commando, Monsters vs. Aliens, Girls, and much more, and roles continued to come her way after the show wrapped up.

In 2016, Jacobs was cast as one of the leads in Love, a Netflix romantic comedy series co-created by Judd Apatow. The show was critically acclaimed and ran for three seasons. She's also landed several major film roles in projects like Life of the Party, Ibiza, and Don't Think Twice (a highly rated film on Rotten Tomatoes that no one ever talks about). She's still incredibly busy these days, co-starring in the R.L. Stine adaptation Fear Street and performing as part of an ensemble voice cast on the adult-oriented, animated superhero series Invincible, created by The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman.

Keep an ear out for Yvette Nicole Brown

Even before Community came along, Yvette Nicole Brown had spent the 2000s establishing herself as a prolific and versatile actress, with roles in The Big House, Drake & Josh, Sleeper Cell, Boston Legal, and more. As Shirley Bennett on Community, she became a crucial part of the show's chemistry-laden ensemble, and more roles continued to flow her way.

While the series was still on the air, Brown landed parts in projects like Bandwagon: The Series and The Soul Man, and major new roles followed almost immediately after Community ended. In 2015, she became one of the stars of the CBS revival of The Odd Couple. In 2017, she joined the series The Mayor. And in 2018, she joined the cast of the hit comedy Mom. While she's frequently seen in live-action TV series and movies, Brown is perhaps even more prolific as a voice actress. Her credits include Pound Puppies, DC Super Hero Girls, Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, Puppy Dog Pals, and Elena of Avalor. And on top of all that, she also played in the highest-grossing movie ever made. That's right, Yvette Nicole Brown has a cameo in Avengers: Endgame as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.

Chevy Chase was a comedy legend long before Community

Community is the kind of show that had a tremendous ripple effect for the various members of its ensemble. Many of them were largely unknown when the show premiered, but they were able to leverage their performances into much bigger careers by the end. When the show started, though, there was already one bona fide legend in the cast: Chevy Chase.

Chase was the breakout star of the game-changing first season of Saturday Night Live all the way back in 1975, and he parlayed that success into a career in films that included National Lampoon's Vacation, Caddyshack, Fletch, and Three Amigos, as well as the beloved holiday classic National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. By the 2000s, his career had transitioned into a kind of comedic elder statesman role, but his casting as Pierce Hawthorne on Community brought Chase a new generation of fans. Chase left the series after a falling out with creator Dan Harmon, appearing only in a cameo by season five. And even though we don't hear much from Chase anymore, he's continued to work regularly, acting in projects include The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee, Panda vs. Aliens, and Federal Offense.

Ken Jeong is the funniest physician on the planet

Ken Jeong famously worked as a practicing physician before he began performing stand-up comedy and auditioning for roles. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, he landed small parts on various series like MAD TV before earning his breakout as Dr. Kuni in Judd Apatow's hit film Knocked Up. More roles soon followed in comedies like Pineapple Express and Role Models, and in 2009, he landed two more major breaks. The first was as Mr. Chow in The Hangover, and the second was as Ben Chang in Community.

Jeong remained part of the Community cast throughout the show's run, providing a sense of chaos as Chang that no other character could rival, even as he also landed more roles outside the show. By the time Community's run was over, his star had risen enough that he'd landed his own TV series, Dr. Ken, followed by more high-profile film and TV parts in everything from Crazy Rich Asians to Bob's Burgers. On top of all that, he's entertained millions of TV watchers as one of the judges on The Masked Singer, and he even had a cameo in Avengers: Endgame.

Jim Rash is an Oscar-winning writer who works on both sides of the camera

Jim Rash spent much of the late '90s and early 2000s establishing himself as a talented character actor, appearing in TV series including The Naked Truth, Thanks, Katie Joplin, That '70s Show, and Reno 911. By the time he joined Community, he was a well-established comedy presence, but his role as Dean Pelton was initially smaller than that of the rest of the main cast. He arrived only sporadically, injecting a little strangeness into the story, before becoming a series regular beginning with the third season.

Rash remained with Community throughout its six-season run, and he's continued to work steadily since. His post-Community credits include Girlboss, These People, Nobodies, Museum of Human History, Star Wars Resistance, and DuckTales. In addition to his acting work, Rash is also an accomplished screenwriter. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing The Descendants in 2011, and his other credits include The Way Way Back and Downhill.