The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations are in. And they include the expected as well as some fresh nominations from newcomers to the scene that made a name for themselves right out of gate. Falling in the former category is Modern Family, which has received their 28th and 29th Emmy noms. Sure sounds like like a lot, and deservedly so, but it’s not even halfway to 30 Rock‘s 112 or Cheers‘ 117. The show is entering it’s seventh season now in September. New comers Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Last Man on Earth, come in with four and three nominations respectively. Others include Parks and Recreation which may be behind us closing up shop this past year, but are still in the mix with two nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series. But in the end, Louie leads the way with five nominations at this years awards with Amy Schumer continuing her hot streak with three nominations. Here is the complete list of this year’s Emmy nominations: Read More
Joel McHale is hosting the ESPY awards tonight. While many awards ceremonies can sometime be a gladhanding, asskissing event. But McHale wasn’t having it as he came out swinging with his monologue, not only mocking athletes, but taking shots at Justin Bieber, a 9 fingered Jason Pierre-Paul, and landing a particularly big hit on on Bill Cosby. Read More
Steve Martin has been an influence on everyone and everything in comedy since he first hit the scene as a writer on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. And even when he branched away from stand-up comedy, he become a successful actor, as well as an author, playwright, pianist and banjo player, eventually earning an Emmy, Grammy and American Comedy award, among other honors. Now he can add The American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award to his credits. Read More
If you haven’t had the chance to watch Silicon Valley on HBO, you should do yourself a favor and check it out, it’s easily one of the funniest ensemble casts working on TV today. Pairing it with Veep and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver makes the Sunday night HBO comedy block required watching for TV fans. Comedian T.J. Miller, portrays Erlich Bachman, a stoner millionaire on Silicon Valley that oversees the Pied Piper crew, is one of said stand out cast members. This weekend at the Critic’s Choice Awards, Miller earned the best supporting actor award and gave this acceptance speech. In typical T.J. Miller fashion, he delivered it in his own special way.
Comedy Music fans rejoice! The medium is finally getting it’s due. IFC is teaming up with CollegeHumor to celebrate CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame. The hour-long special will honor this form of music and will be hosted by comedy music super-fan Paul F. Tompkins (Bojack Horseman, No, You Shut Up!, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Curb Your Enthusiasm). The show will premiere on Friday, June 19 on IFC on CollegeHumor.com immediately following the first broadcast. Tompkins will guide viewers through the best of comedy music and debut exclusive new videos featuring some of the genre’s latest up-and-coming stars. He will also be joined for sketches and interviews by some of the best names in comedy music including Tenacious D, The Gregory Brothers, Trevor Moore, CDZA, Rachel Bloom and Patrick Noth, as well as comedian Scott Aukerman. The special will also pay tribute to the godfather of comedy music himself, “Weird Al” Yankovic, who will be honored with an absurd induction into the Comedy Music Hall of Fame. Read More
For those who might not know, The Moth Award is an award given to amazing storytellers as part of the The Moth Radio Hour. Louis C.K. stated during his acceptance speech of The Moth Award, “Stories are the only things you have that are really yours.” He then went on to tell a story about writing for Conan O’Brien and also when he traveled to Russia for the first time. A fantastic story teller and the proof is in the pudding with this speech.
Comedy Central and HBO have two new awards to put on their very large and numerous shelves of awards as both Inside Amy Schumer and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are amongst the recipients of the 74th annual Peabody Award.
To get you up to speed, The Peabodys are considered the “Pulitzer Prize of Radio” and were created by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in 1940. In the years since, they’ve expanded to include TV, cable TV, and now online productions. Recipients are determined by a board based out of the University of Georgia. Here’s what they said about Schumer and Oliver’s shows. Read More
Last night the MTV Movie Awards aired. Hopefully you followed the Twitter exploits of our managing editor Mark Says Hi! who was live tweeting the event on site in LA. Amy Schumer hosted the night of fun which was chock full of jokes about celebs and a bit of self depreciation as well. We already showed a great bit with her and some of her comedy friends, now check out Schumer kick the show’s intro and opening monologue. Read More
Director Paul Feig has been selected to receive CinemaCon’s Comedy Filmmaker of the Year award this year. Feig previewed the Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock comedy The Heat at CinemaCon in 2013, two years after the release of Bridesmaids. He’s back again this year with his latest film, Spy, where Melissa McCarthy plays an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst who goes into action when agents played by Jude Law and Jason Statham are in danger. Spy debuted down at SXSW and will receive its theatrical release on June 5. Feig directed from his own script and produced. Feig was the creator of Freaks and Geeks, and he has directed multiple episodes of Arrested Development, The Office, Nurse Jackie, Bored to Death, Weeds, 30 Rock and Mad Men. He’s directing the much anticipated reboot of Ghostbusters with a female-led cast that will open in July 2016.
Eddie Murphy to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that 54-year-old Eddie Murphy will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The humor prize is aimed at honoring those who influence society through their social commentary and satire in the tradition of Mark Twain. “Through his appearances on Saturday Night Live, groundbreaking stand-up comedy, and work as a movie star, Eddie Murphy has shown that like Mark Twain, he was years ahead of his time.” states Deborah F. Rutter, the President of the Kennedy Center. Responding to the announcement, Murphy said “I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Kennedy Center and to join the distinguished list of past recipients of this award.” Past recipients include Jay Leno, Carol Burnett and Ellen DeGeneres. The gala honoring Murphy is set to be held on October 18 and will be recorded for broadcast. Aside from SNL and his stand-up, Murphy has starred in such landmark comedies as Beverly Hills Cop, The Nutty Professor, Coming to America, and Trading Places.