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  • The Women’s Image Network Awards comedy nominations include Jane The Virgin, The Grace Helbig Show, and Fresh Off The Boat

    Win AwardsThe Women’s Image Network Awards, also known as WIN Awards, are given yearly by the Women’s Image Network. It’s a non-profit charity and the awards are given to men and women in the media who promote gender parity through both their creativity and leadership. The awards have been presented since 1993 and are currently awarded in 13 different categories including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. This year’s nominations in said categories include Transparent, Jane The Virgin, Black-ish, The Grace Helbig Show, Fresh Off The Boat, and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce in the former and Sutton Foster, Gina Rodriguez, Lisa Edelstein, and Melissa Joan Hart in the latter. The 17th edition of the WIN Awards take place on February 10 2016.

    Owen Benjamin set to return as host of The Art Directors Guild Awards

    Owen BenjaminComedian Owen Benjamin returns to host the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for the third year January 31, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton. Owen Benjamin was a regular on the TBS hit comedy series Sullivan & Son and has been featured on many popular television programs such as Chelsea Lately, Gotham Comedy Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Punk’d and The Jay Leno Show. Benjamin recently appeared on episodes of Inside Amy Schumer, Trevor Moore: High in Church and The Soul Man. His stand-up comedy specials include High Five ‘til It Hurts and Comedy Central Presents Owen Benjamin. Feature film credits include All’s Faire in Love and The House Bunny. Benjamin’s numerous talents range from writing, directing and producing television shows including Gaytown, Owen Benjamin Presents and That’s My Daughter. Additional writing credits include Splitting Hairs, Couldn’’t Be Better, Comedy Central Presents and All-Stars. Benjamin has performed stand up at the Aspen, Montreal and Chicago Comedy Festivals, alongside comedians Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, as well as performances at countless clubs and universities.

    Amy Schumer hikes up dress after receiving Hollywood Comedy Award

    Amy Schumer locks up another award and then follows it up by lifting up her dress on stage. She had the crowd in stitches as she took the stage at the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards. “First of all, it is so great to be here on the set of a Bollywood musical,” she said. “Girls of my size don’t usually get to work on those sets and it’s an honor.” “Look at these thighs!” she tells actress Amber Heard and director Tom Hooper. “You know what Hooper, Amber Heard may be your perfect girl, but look at these thighs!” she said and then hiked up her dress to the crowd to uproarious delight. She won for her film Trainwreck.

    Ricky Gervais to return as host of the 2016 Golden Globes

    Ricky Gervais - Golden GlobesRicky Gervais as the host of an awards show has been a pretty polarizing job. After three stints as the host of the Golden Globes, both of which he was mocked by celebs, declared to have “crossed the line” by the then-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Though Gervais did declare he’d never host again, today news broke that The Office creator will once again return as host of the 2016 Golden Globe Awards.

    Granted, some time has passed since it Gervais annoyed most of Hollywood on one of its biggest nights. And both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had a great run in the sun as hosts for the last 3 years. But Ricky’s return isn’t a big surprise, though he ruffled some feathers, The Golden Globes benefited greatly in ratings with Gervais as the host. Additionally, his off-the-cuff antics will definitely keeping people wondering what he’ll say next.

    Can Fey and Poehler at least return and present an award at least?

    Chris Rock set to host the Oscars for a second time

    Chris Rock OscarsIt’s been 11 years since Chris Rock last hosted the Oscars. Now he’s set to do it again. The announcement was made today despite mixed reviews his first time around. But honestly, aren’t they all mix reviews when it comes to the host. You put a comedian in place to keep the show lively and let them reflect back on to those being honored why we’re all doing this in the first place, to be entertained. Comedy does allow us to get away with quite a bit more than any other form of entertainment, but we need that. We need to be able to take a step back and look at what is actually going on. Sometimes it takes comedy to do that. The academy hired Reginald Hudlin to produce the show. The two worked together when Hudlin directed the pilot episode of Everybody Hates Chris. Speaking of directing, Rock is fresh off his stint as director of comedian Amy Schumer’s recent HBO special Live at The Apollo. Rock is a star on stage, and with stardom comes criticism. Something a comedian faces immediately every time they tell a joke. We’re looking forward to his return and we’ll be watching the 88th Academy Awards on February 28 of next year.

    Jimmy Fallon set to receive Harvard Lampoon Comedy Award

    Jimmy FallonThe oldest humor magazine in North America is about to dole out its Elmer Award for Excellence in Humor to the current star of The Tonight Show. The Harvard Lampoon will celebrate Jimmy Fallon this weekend, according to People Magazine, with a “personal parade, complete with a marching band and a flotilla of Roman Chariots.” He joins the ranks of Lenny Bruce, Tracey Ullman and Robin Williams. “He is extremely talented, both at performing his own jokes as well as other people’s music,” Calvin Willett, president of the publication has stated. Fallon, who’s credits run the gamut of television, film, music, writing and producing, is dominating late night as host of The Tonight Show. Here’s an easter egg for you. Pick up a copy of the video game Lego Jurassic World, you just might catch Fallon’s voice. Congrats go out to Jimmy Fallon.

    Eddie Murphy jokes about Bill Cosby after receiving Mark Twain Prize

    Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy joined an illustrious group last night when he was the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for comedy at The Kennedy Center. The award started showcasing comedy’s best back in 1998 by recognizing Richard Pryor. Other winners include Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Jay Leno, and one that was specifically mentioned during Murphy’s acceptance speech, Bill Cosby. “Who else got this? Oh, Bill, Bill has one these. Did you all make Bill give his back?” stated Murphy resting his hands on the head of his award. He continued by adding, “You know you f*^ked up when they want you to give your trophies back.” The crowd erupted with laughter. Read More

    Brett Davis is your 2015 Andy Kaufman Award winner, joins ranks of Kristen Schaal and Reggie Watts

    Brett DavisCongratulations are in order for comedian Brett Davis. He took home the Andy Kaufman Award this past weekend and joins the company of some of comedy’s finest. Past winners include Kristen Schaal (The Last Man on Earth, Bob’s Burgers, BoJack Horseman), Reggie Watts (Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Late Late Show with James Corden) and Nick Vatterott (Fallon, Conan). Brett Davis performs comedy under the guises of his many twisted characters, and on his public access variety show The Special Without Brett Davis. He co-hosts the monthly extravaganza erroneously titled The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, and the monthly Lethal Lottery at Over The Eight. He was behind the infamous #SmithGate incident on The Chris Gethard Show, Adult Swim, MTV’s Weird Vibes, New York Noise, The Best Show on WFMU, numerous music videos and his film BANANAZZZ. Back in 2004, the idea for an annual award in Kaufman’s name was created and, with the help of his lifelong manager George Shapiro, came to fruition 20 years after Kaufman’s passing. The inaugural Andy Kaufman Award Show, hosted by actor/comedian Richard Belzer, took place on November 11, 2004, at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York. The original goal of The Andy Kaufman Award, to recognize original new talent in the spirit of the comic legend, remains its driving philosophy.

    The Grammy Museum presents “George Carlin: A Place For My Stuff”

    George CarlinThe Grammy Museum will commemorate Grammy-winning comedian George Carlin with a new display on the Museum’s third floor. The exhibit will mark the third display in the Museum’s comedy series, following previous tributes to Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers. “Ever since I became the keeper of my dad’s stuff in 2008, I have enjoyed sharing little bits of it with friends and comedians,” said Kelly Carlin, the comedian’s daughter. “But to know that his fans will now get to see some of it, makes my heart swell with joy. I am thrilled that the Grammy Museum is creating a place for his stuff.” “George Carlin helped redefine the art form of stand-up comedy. He used his talent to not only entertain, but to question conventional wisdom and social injustices,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum. “With this latest display in our comedy series, we continue to spotlight some of the greatest comedy acts, many of whom have been recognized by the GRAMMY Awards.” Artifacts on display in George Carlin: A Place For My Stuff will include: Read More

    The Daily Show, Veep, and Inside Amy Schumer lead Emmy night

    Andy Samberg 2015 Emmy

    If there is one thing that people enjoy more than television, it’s an award show celebrating the past year of television. Many eager viewers tune in to marvel at the televised crossroads of high fashion and celebrity. This year’s Emmys triumphed in the aforementioned category, but more importantly succeeded in bringing the laughs to comedy nerds across the country, so let’s revel in that. Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Saturday Night Live) hosted the awards show. From start to finish he delivered a riotous performance while intermittently providing sharp social and political commentary. The hilarious opening sketch transported viewers to a routine situation where ridicule comes from not staying up-to-date on the newest television shows. Topics covered by Samberg throughout the night included Donald Trump, Hollywood diversity, Bernie Sanders, and several other current events. While Andy Samberg was the face of last night’s Emmys, it’s important to note that Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns) and his Comedy Bang! Bang! writing staff helped in providing the evening’s humor. Comedy played a pivotal role in this year’s Emmys. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights. Read More