Despite the title, the movie is a drama centering on a once loved TV comic (De Niro) who is past his prime.
After being sentenced to community service for hitting an audience member in the head with his microphone, the comic meets a defiant redhead (Wiig) who turns his life upside down.
De Niro demonstrated in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" (1983) that he's well equipped to play a jokester who is missing a few marbles along with the punchlines, and Penn, whose scuffles with the paparazzi are legendary, knows a thing or two about court-ordered community service.
FilmNation Entertainment will handle international sales for the movie and CAA will represent domestic rights to "The Comedian."
Production is slated to start in Spring 2012.