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  • Tegan & Sara parties with The Lonely Island at the Oscars, everything is indeed awesome

    Everything Is Awesome

    In case you missed one of the most exciting moments of the Oscars, here it is again for all the fun. The Lonely Island penned the Oscar nominated theme song to The Lego Movie, “Everything Is Awesome.” During ceremony last night, they rolled out all the stops for the performance which included breakdancers, Tegan & Sara, Will Arnett Batman guitar solos in the Val Kilmer batsuit, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Questlove. It was so weirdly out of place for the uptight Oscars that it just works. While we’re on the topic, no animated nomination for The Lego Movie? Read More

    T.J. Miller at the Crunchies Awards 2015, he won’t be coming back

    TJOn Saturday TechCrunch responded to a firestorm over the offensive performance of the emcee of its annual Crunchies awards Thursday night, saying Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller won’t be asked back. Miller started the show edgy and then went headlong over the edge after getting into a verbal joust with Uber founder Travis Kalanick’s date, during which he called her a “bitch” more than once. Gabi Holzwarth, Kalanick’s date, forgave Miller in a tweet right after the show but added later in another,”10 yrs ago, I was called a bitch…not ok. Yesterday I was called a bitch… still not ok. Let’s try moving away from that word. #stayclassy” The situation puts the spotlight back on gender diversity in Silicon Valley’s tech community and echoes an incident at a TechCrunch hackathon in the fall of 2013 after which the tech news site issued an apology and adopted an anti-harassment policy for its events. For those who don’t remember, one of the pitches at that hackathon involved an app concept built around men staring at women’s breasts. Another involved a guy simulating masturbation during his pitch. Miller clearly violated that policy and it took TechCrunch two days to acknowledge that officially. Read More

    The Lonely Island to perform “Everything is Awesome” at this year’s Oscars

    The Lonely IslandPop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Everything is Awesome” at the 87th Oscars. “Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island?… Everything is Awesome, indeed. This is certainly an ‘Only on the Oscars’ moment,” says Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Everything is Awesome,” written by Shawn Patterson for the animated feature The Lego Movie, is nominated for Original Song.  A comedy, music and filmmaking trio composed of Saturday Night Live alumni Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, The Lonely Island has released three studio albums and several gold and platinum singles. “I’m On A Boat,” featuring singer-songwriter T-Pain, achieved double-platinum status and earned a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The group is responsible for one of the biggest channels on YouTube, garnering over 1.5 billion views.

    Weird Al wins the Grammy for Best Comedy Album, Joan Rivers best Spoken Word, Tenacious D get Metal win

    Mandatory FunWeird Al just topped off a monster year, as his latest album, Mandatory Fun just picked up a Grammy for Best Comedy album of the Year. To recap, Yankovic released a week’s worth of star-studded music videos to promote the release of Fun. Making the music video relevant again for at least a small time. Yankovic’s fans paid him back by giving him the #1 album in the country, a feat that hasn’t been done in 51 years.

    It’s the perfect end to a great year to the veteran, even as he was up against some stiff competition from other monster comedians like Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, and Patton Oswalt, who while joking with his competition pretty much said that Yankovic better win.

    The Laugh Button spoke with Yankovic around the time Mandatory Fun was released, read up on what he had to say. Read More

    Comedian Dick Gregory gets his due in the form of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    dick gregoryDick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist, was presented with the 2,542nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday. Born Richard Claxton Gregory in St. Louis, he began his career as a comedian while serving in the military after being drafted in 1954 while attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He moved to Chicago to perform comedy professionally after being discharged in 1956. He attributes the launch of his career to famed Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who hired Gregory to work at the Chicago Playboy Club. By 1963, Gregory was one of the highest paid entertainers in the world. Among his countless career highlights include being honored with special tributes by Coretta Scott King, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes and Cicely Tyson at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C in 2000, appearing in numerous films, writing 14 books and completing 15 comedy albums featuring his stand up acts and political commentary. Gregory is listed as No. 82 on the Comedy Central network’s list of The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.

    ‘Silicon Valley, ‘Girls’ and more nab 2015 Golden Globes nominations

    Award season will soon be upon us. Today, the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globes were announced. Most notably, HBO’s Silicon Valley, Girls, Amazon’s Transparent, Orange is the New Black, and Jane the Virgin win nominations for Best TV Comedy. Both Jane the Virgin, Transparent, and Silicon Valley are newcomers, debuting their series’ first seasons just this year. Gina Rodriguez also locked up another win for Jane the Virgin with a nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Taylor Schilling, Lena Dunham, and Edie Falco round out the rest of the group.

    Jeffrey Tambor continues to wow the critics, locking up a nomination for Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy for his role in Transparent. Also on the bill are Don Cheadle, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K., and William H. Macy. The Golden Globes are the only major award show to split their Best Picture category up into two categories: Drama and Musical or Comedy (because Les Mis was too whimsical and upbeat to be considered a drama). Birdman, Into the Woods, St. Vincent, Pride, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel earned Best Picture Musical or Comedy nominations. Anderson’s Budapest Hotel also earned his a nomination for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

    Check out the full list of comedy nominees below: Read More

    Weird Al, Jim Gaffigan and more earn 2015 Grammy nominations

    With award season just around the bend, the nominations are just starting to pour through. During an all-day musical event, the nominations for the 2015 Grammy Awards were announced today. In the category for “Best Comedy Album,” comedians “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt, and Sarah Silverman fill out the ballot.

    “Weird Al”‘s latest album, Mandatory Fun, making the ballot is the least surprising. The comedian did almost-impossibly, landing number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in 51 years to earn that distinction. Gaffigan earns his second Grammy nomination for his latest album Obsessed, which was Comedy Central’s most watched comedy special of the year. Louis C.K. also earned his second nomination for his latest album, Oh My God. His previous album, Hilarious, earned the comedian his first Grammy nomination and win in 2012. Oswalt’s latest album, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, lands the comic his third Grammy nomination. Sarah Silverman earns her first nomination for her album We Are Miracles, just coming right off the heels of her WGA Award nomination.

    The 2015 Grammy Awards will air on February 8th on CBS. No matter who wins, we can all be happy it isn’t Kathy Griffin.

    ‘Louie,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ and more earn 2015 WGA Award nominations

    Today, the Writers Guild of America announced their nominations for the 2015 WGA Awards. The awards will take place on February 14th in New York City and will by hosted by the soon-to-be host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore.

    FX’s hit series Louie unsurprisingly nabbed a nomination for best Comedy Series alongside freshman series Silicon Valley, Veep, Orange is the New Black, and Amazon’s Transparent. The Simpsons and Bob’s Burger’s locked up the Animation category, while Inside Amy Schumer and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver earned a spot in the Comedy/Variety Series category.

    You can check out the full list of nominees below. Read More

    New Golden Globes promos show Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back

    Award season is fast approaching, and I’m going to go ahead and say the 2015 Golden Globes will be the best show. Why is that? Oh, why because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be back at helm hosting the festivities. NBC has released new promos for the 2015 Golden Globes with Fey and Poehler answering the question on everyone’s mind: what will they where? The awards will take place on Sunday, January 11th.

    Steve Martin named next recipient of AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Jerk is getting an award. According to Deadline, Steve Martin will receive the prestigious AFI Lifetime Achievement Award next summer. The event will air on TNT on June 4th. Often these awards go to actors and directors (of which Martin is one), but it is a rare occasion some is recognized mainly for their work in comedy.

    “Steve Martin is an American original… From a wild and crazy stand-up
    comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a
    multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award.” – Sir Howard Stinger, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees.

    Martin is in fact the first recipient of the award to have started his career, and made a name for himself, in stand-up. He of course then went on to star in many Hollywood classics like The Jerk, The Man with Two Brains, The Three Amigos, Roxanne, Father of the Bride, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and many more. He has also taken home The Kennedy Center Honor, Grammys, and an honorary Oscar.