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  • 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.

    The 2014 Emmys, 12 favorite funny moments

    Louis C.K. wins an Emmy

    Tonight’s Emmy Awards were loaded with a lot of surprises, well, that’s when Breaking Bad wasn’t nominated in the category. Because they won them all and DGAF what you have to say about your potential EGOT Matthew McConaughey! Seth Meyers hosted night, fitting as a man with serious writing creds led a night where writers were being thanked left and right.

    Here are 12 of our favorite funny moments from the 66th Annual Emmy Awards. Read More

    Our picks and predictions for the 2014 Emmy Awards

    Tonight is the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. This year’s celebration of the best in television will be hosted by NBC’s new golden goose, Late Night host Seth Meyers. Awards will be given out to the TV (and Netflix’s) biggest comedies and dramas. But who gives a sh*t about the dramas; Breaking Bad is over, HBO has dragons, that’s all we need to know.

    We decided to pick out our picks for who should take home some gold today, and who the voters probably messed up with and actually will give the trophy too.

    Let’s break down this year’s ballot: Read More

    Bill Burr, Nathan Fielder and more win 2014 Just For Laughs Awards

    Each year, Just For Laugh’s Montreal closes out the festival with the JFL Awards. Today JFL announced Bill Burr, Nathan Fielder, Andy Samberg, Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, and Michael Schur are this year’s honorees. The six recipients will receive their awards at a live show on Friday, July 25, at the Grand Salon Opera, Hyatt Regency Montreal.

    Bill Burr takes home the honor of being crowned “Stand-Up Comedian of the Year.” Burr sells out theaters, produces the popular Monday Morning Podcast, is the co-founder of All Things Comedy, and has three critically-acclaimed specials under his name. Burr recently recorded his fourth this summer in Atlanta, GA and will be touring on Funny Or Die’s second Oddball Festival.

    Nathan Fielder is being named “Breakout Comedy Star of the Year.” After making a huge splash with audiences with this Comedy Central show Nathan For You, he continued to make headlines with his Twitter pranks and Dumb Starbucks prank. Nathan For You made it’s triumphant return this summer, right after Fielder was named one of Variety’s “Comics to Watch.” Read More

    Emmy Nominations are in, and they continue to come around on great comedy

    Silicon ValleyIt’s time for our yearly chat about The Emmys and what they did right and what they got wrong. This morning, the nominees for the 66th Emmy Awards were announced and it’s your typical mix of great selections and others that make you go hmmmmm. It’s awesome to see more than the entire cast of Modern Family get nominated an actually throwing in some other names for actors and actresses like Fred Armisen, Kate McKinnon, and Louie C.K. While some other surprises came in the series noms like picks for the excellent Silicon Valley and Veep to the surprise hit Orange is the New Black.

    But as we said before and we’ll say again. We’re still planning on rioting because there’s been no respect given to Nick Offerman and the creation of one of the greatest fictional comedy characters of the last decade in Parks and Rec’s Ron Swanson. Read More

    Watch Chris Rock’s hilarious opening monologue during the BET Awards

    At his absolute core, Chris Rock is a stand-up comedian. And he’s damn good at it, in fact, he’s one of the greatest ever. At tonight’s BET Awards, Rock showcased those legendary skills during the monologue where he took the opportunity to joke about pretty much everything – Solange, Jay Z, Kevin Hart, Dr. Dre, Oprah and in particular, Donald Sterling. Where he offered a bit of a different take on the former LA Clipper owner’s racist remarks. Read More

    Kathy Griffin to host the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards livestream

    Kathy GriffinThe Daytime Emmy Awards have been broadcast on television for 40+ years, but for the first time in history this will not be the case. Instead, the ceremony will be streaming live online. The Academy is hoping to bring the show to prominence and have chosen none other than the Grammy Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin to host the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony this weekend on June 22nd.

    “I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year. Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show,” Griffin said in a statement. “I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup. I apologize to FIFA.” Read More

    Patton Oswalt prepares for the Webby Awards by confronting his haters

    Patton Oswalt is often hailed as one of the comedy world’s best comedians as well as one of the masters of social media. The king troll that out-trolls the trolls, so of course the comedian has been selected to host this year’s Webby Awards. Before the Webbys air tomorrow, Oswalt decided to take his trolling game up a notch to visit some haters in real life. Obviously, without the safety of a computer screen everyone’s a bunch of cowards, right? Well… turns out, not so much. Read More

    Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan, Kate McKinnon and more take home American Comedy Awards

    The American Comedy Awards aired last night on NBC, TV’s only ceremony that awards achievements in comedy in film, TV, and stand-up. SNL alums cleaned up yesterday with Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnion, and Bill Hader taking home awards. Jim Gaffigan was awarded best “Concert Comic,” and comedy living legend Bill Cosby was presented the Johnny Carson Lifetime Achievement Award by Chris Rock.

    Yesterday, we picked our favorites and made our predictions on who would take home the silver-ish jumble of words that resembles the ACA trophy. Let’s see how we did. Read More

    Our picks and predictions for tonight’s American Comedy Awards

    Tonight is the return of the American Comedy Awards. Previously airing on Comedy Central the past few years, the award show is jumping over to NBC. Comedy is often considered the red-headed step child of award shows, never receiving much attention at all. Enter the Comedy Awards. The award show is today’s sole ceremony honoring achievements in comedy only. The ACA will give out awards in nineteen categories for achievements in film, TV, viral videos, and stand-up.

    Many comedy icons will be in attendance tonight including Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, and Bill Cosby who will receive a special tribute. Read More