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.
Amy Schumer is set to host the annual show, and confirmed attendees thus far include Hot Pursuit co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel, plus Insurgent’s Miles Teller and Trailblazer Award recipient Shailene Woodley. Kevin Hart, whose comedy Get Hard with Will Ferrell is currently in theaters, will be recognized for his “bold and irreverent comedic style that has captivated audiences from his movies and sitcoms, to stand-up specials, award show performances and in front of packed arenas of fans,” according to MTV. Jimmy Kimmel will present the award to Hart. He’s starred in films Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer and Think Like A Man, among others, and exec produces BET’s series Real Husbands of Hollywood. He also served as the roast master for Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber roast which aired last night. The MTV Movie Awards air live April 12.
Congratulations to Anthony DeVito, who was crowned champion of the 2015 Carolines Comedy Madness Stand-Up Tournament. The five-round competition, modeled after the NCAA college basketball “March Madness” tournament, tipped off on February 25 with 64 of New York’s best and brightest young comedians going head-to-head. The field was narrowed down to 32, then The Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, and then down to The Final Four — DeVito, Ryan Beck, Joe Larson and Doug Smith. DeVito bested Larson, and Smith ousted Beck before squaring off against DeVito in the final round. As a prize for winning, the New Jersey native receives a cash prize, a chance to open for a headliner at Carolines on Broadway and a spot to perform at the New York Comedy Festival in November. DeVito joins the class of Carolines Comedy Madness winners which includes Nate Bargatze, Dan Soder, Michael Che, Adam Newman, Mark Normand and Gary Vider. Among the many highlights of this year’s competition was The Elite Eight Round drop in by Kevin Hart, who dropped by the club at the end of the show and surprised the packed house by performing a hilarious 45-minute set.