Conan O’Brien set out to start the MTV Movie Awards off with a bang and he certainly accomplished it. As stated in the clip, the previous record for cameos in an MTV Movie Awards opening was eight, so Conan brought us 50. Conan’s big opening was great too. I personally liked his sign off for the night the best, “Thanks for joining us, enjoy watching this as a rerun!” Read More
Yesterday the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced. The awards give high praise to programming and stories in electronic media that benefit citizens by expanding horizons, defend public interest, and encourage empathy with others. In short they, “recognize stories that matter.”
Comedy has always found a home in the Peabody awards, because satire is often a reflection of society, whether it be from a Jon Stewart, SNL, or Stephen Colbert. Now we can add Key & Peele to the list. They praised the sketch comedy show’s creators and stars stating, “It’s like Abbott and Costello Meet Richard Pryor when the duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele fearlessly apply their mischievous minds and satirical savvy to racially aware sketches both broad and incisive.” Congrats gentlemen! The Peabody awards ceremony will be on May 19th in New York and televised on the Pivot network.
‘Parks And Recreation,’ ‘This Is The End,’ SNL, Bill Burr, amongst nominees for American Comedy Awards
Just a few months ago we learned that the American Comedy Awards would be be returning to network TV and air on NBC. A return to its roots of sorts as they once aired on the peacock network. Now, after a round of open nominations from a panel of comedy industry people, (which we must admit, included us) the final nominations have been determined and are open for the public to vote until March 18th.
The nominations for the 2014 American Comedy Awards have been announced and we have ourselves a terrific selection of nominations to select from. Fronting the pack is the Seth Rogen/James Franco flick This Is The End with 7 nominations followed by the Bruce Dern/Will Forte flick Nebraska with 6. In the TV categories, NBC’s Parks And Recreation pulled 6 nominations while sketch comedy show Key & Peele and the always nominated Modern Family pulled in 5 nominations each.
Other picks of note, Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, and Kate McKinnon all pulled in nominations for their work on Saturday Night Live. Read More
It was a night filled with glitz and glamour as The 56th Grammy Awards entertained the audience once again. The music and speeches were fun yet what we really cared about was the category for “Best Comedy Album.” Bob Saget, Craig Ferguson, Kathy Griffin, Ron White, and Tig Notaro were all nominated for a Grammy this year and we were curious to see who would walk away with that golden record player trophy. The comedic styles of each album were drastically different from one another as it was an interesting mix of comedic powerhouses nominated.
But the award could only be presented to one winner and that was Kathy Griffin. Her album, Calm Down Gurrl took the prize, an audio version of her Bravo TV special that aired on the channel earlier this year. After being nominated 6 times for the award, Griffin tweeted the following very simple message about taking the top honors. Read More
The Grammy Awards are this weekend. And while we’re sure you are all really excited about seeing the super collaboration of bands performing at the end of the night, our real interest lies in who will take home the comedy Award.
Nominations this year consist of some really well-known names in the comedy community duking it out for the goods. Unfortunately we’re not on the board of voters and rather than complain about it we’re taking matters into our own hands by launching a reader’s poll. Who do you think should win the comedy Grammy this year? Read More
It’s officially award season and that includes the Razzies, otherwise known as the award given to the worst of Hollywood films in any certain category (Worst Movie, Worst Actor, etc.) Leading the way this year for Razzie awards was Adam Sandler’s terrible Grown Up’s 2 with eight nominations including “Worst Picture”, “Worst Actor” (Sandler), “Worst Supporting Actress” (Salma Hayek), “Worst Supporting Actor” (Taylor Lautner), “Worst Director” (Dennis Dugan), “Worst Screen Combo” (The entire cast), “Worst Screenplay” (Fred Wolfe, Tim Herlihy, and Adam Sandler), and “Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel.”
In other words it was nominated for every Razzie award other than Worst Actress. That’s a lot but it’s not Sandler’s first run with the award. Sandler took home “Worst Actor” for both That’s My Boy and Jack and Jill. So if Sandler wins again, it’ll be his third “Worst Actor” award in three years, ouch. It’s starting to look like Razzie voters have it out for the hilarious Adam Sandler. Of course, other movies made their presence known too, such as After Earth, The Lone Ranger, and A Madea Christmas, just to name a few other heavily nominated movies. Winners will be announced one day before the Academy Awards. Will Sandler show up and accept his award? Probably not, though a few have over the years. Read More
Last night was all about the Golden Globes, and between Tina Fey and Amy Poehler taking another round of hosting duties of the show there were some really great wins in the comedy community with freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine pulling in two big wins as well as Amy Poehler finally earning a win for her work in Parks & Recreation. It was a big night for SNL alum all around, so next time someone says to you that the show has lost a step, but with the talent that it’s cranked out in the last decade or so, they should re-think that stance.
It was also a big night for Woody Allen as the HFPA bestowed the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is given for one’s outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment. While Allen was not on hand to accept the award (for he rarely goes to awards shows) he did cause much buzz this year for his film Blue Jasmine which earned Cate Blanchett an awards and starred both Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay.
Forbes Magazine has just unveiled their ’30 Under 30′ issue, spotlighting people of a certain (young) age that are making their mark in their respective fields. Among those making the list in “Hollywoode & Entertainment” are a Tweeter that parlayed their following into writing gigs, a TV show creator that’s tapped into the zeitgeist of Brooklyn, and an actresses on sitcoms on ABC and NBC. Forbes not only does a nice job of highlighting people making an impact in their fields, but they also included a decent amount of women.
Megan Amram, who’s 300,000-strong Twitter following led to writing gigs on Parks & Recreation and Kroll Show, was highlighted. She’s 26. 27 year-old Rebel Wilson made the list as well. Aubrey Plaza, who’s 29, just snuck in under the deadline. And Lena Dunham made the list, just as the 27 year-old’s Girls enters it’s third season. Dave Franco, who was in 21 Jump Street and will be in this year’s Neighbors. Grace Helbig, who’s YouTube channel “Daily Grace” has 2 million subscribers, made the list.
There are plenty of people behind the scenes as well. 29 year-old YouTube channel Jash co-founder Mickey Meyer made the list, as did 29 year-old Stephanie Herman, who’s the VP of casting at Twentieth Century Fox, and cast the mom in How I Met Your Mother. And Simon Rich, who was one of Saturday Night Live‘s youngest writers, and is now running the show Man Seeking Woman, which was based on his book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. He’s only 29. You can read the full list here. Now get your lazy ass off the couch and do something, dammit!