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  • Inside Amy Schumer, Last Week Tonight are Peabody Award winners

    2015 PeabodyComedy 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

    Watch Amy Schumer’s opening sequence and monologue from the MTV Movie Awards

    Amy Schumer MTV

    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

    Paul Feig scores CinemaCon Comedy Honor

    FeigDirector 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

    Eddie MurphyThe 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.

    Kevin Hart will be honored with Comedic Genius Award at MTV Movie Awards

    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.

    Anthony DeVito wins Caroline’s Comedy Madness competition

    Anthony DeVitoCongratulations 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.

    Dan Soder is your Gilda’s Laughfest 2015 national stand-up comedy showcase winner

    Dan Soder was the audience favorite in the 2015 showcase for nationally-known comedians. Formerly voted funniest comedian at the New York Comedy Festival, Soder goes home with the title of 2015 Gilda’s LaughFest Seriously Funny Comedian. The 31-year-old comedian has appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, performed on Conan, been a part of MTV2’s Guy Code, and had a half hour special on Comedy Central in May 2013. Soder last fall had his own six-week show on SiriusXM’s Comedy Central Radio alongside Big Jay Oakerson, who appeared in Grand Rapids last week for LaughFest 2015’s Blue & Late Night Comedy Series. Here’s his latest spot on Conan.

    Kevin Hart to receive CinemaCon’s Comedy Star of the Year Award

    HartIf you don’t know who Kevin Hart is, well, to say you are “living under a rock” would be the understatement of 2015.  In the brief two months and some change of the current calendar year, Hart has starred in The Wedding Ringer, been knighted at the Roast Master for the upcoming Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, announced over 70 shows and pre-sold more than 600,000 tickets to his What Now? stadium tour, and will now receive the comedy star of the year award at CinemaCon, the upcoming exhibition industry conference. The comic star has emerged as one of the movie business’s most reliable box office draws, starring in the such hits as Ride Along and Think Like a Man. He’s also been wildly prolific, appearing in more than a half dozen movies over the past two years. Hart will next appear opposite Will Ferrell in this March’s Get Hard and it’s never too early to start thinking about the Ride Along sequel as well. And let’s not forget about Real Husbands of Hollywood has been picked up for a fourth season on BET. Hart will pick up his award at CinemaCon’s awards ceremony on April 23 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    Andrew Norelli is your winner of LaughFest 2015’s Clean Comedy Showcase

    andrew_norelliAfter three days of shows at The B.O.B. ended Saturday night, the audience vote determined the winner of the 2015 Gilda’s LaughFest Audience Favorite Clean Comedy Award. That award went to comedian Andrew Norelli. No stranger to late-night, Norelli has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimy Kimmel Live, and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Norelli described LaughFest as one of the biggest comedy festivals in the country and “an all around unicorn of a time.” He’s a native of Danville, California and some of his other credits include Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and the nationally syndicated comedy round table, Comic Unleashed. LaughFest’s Clean Comedy Showcase has been a festival favorite since the showcase debuted in 2012 featuring comedians who steer clear of salty language and “going blue” as it’s known in the trade. The rest of the field included Todd Andrews, Erin Foley, P.J. Walsh, Tracey Ashley, Sid Davis, Dale Jones and Joe List. Read More

    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