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  • ‘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.

    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