The 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
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
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles, also known as BAFTA, is set to award comedian, writer, actress, and producer Amy Schumer with the “Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy”. Past recipients include Sacha Baron Cohen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ben Stiller, and the combo of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. “In just a few years, Amy Schumer has established herself as a performer of great courage and discipline. With Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer, she has dared her peers to tackle the most difficult subject matter but in the smartest and most entertaining way,” said Kieran Breen, BAFTA/LA chairman. You can see her upcoming special Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo on HBO October 17.
The Creative Arts Emmy winners announced for 2015 including Louis C.K., “Last Week Tonight”, and Jane Lynch
The Creative Arts Emmys are a class of Emmy Awards presented in recognition of technical and other similar achievements in American television programming. They are commonly awarded to behind-the-scenes personnel such as art directors, costume designers, cinematographers, casting directors, and sound editors. The Creative Arts category also includes awards for outstanding animated programs and guest acting. Both the Primetime and Daytime awards each present their Creative Arts Emmys at separate Creative Arts ceremonies prior to their respective main ceremonies. This year, comedy took home 28 awards, which goes to show how much of an impact the medium has these days in and on television. Winners in 2015 include Louis C.K., Louis C.K.: Live At The Comedy Store for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special” and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver for Interactive Program. We’ve got the full list of categories won by comedy and who won them. And of course, be sure to check out the Primetime Emmy‘s live Sunday September 20 8p on Fox hosted by Andy Samberg. Read More
We just can’t wait anymore these days. Patience runs thin as the categories run deeper. So in anticipation of the 67th edition of the Primetime Emmys on September 20, they’ve gone and blown the lid off some of this year’s categories. Included in the winners list are Robot Chicken and the Robot Chicken’s Bitch Pudding Special for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation”. @midnight with Chris Hardwick and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon both take home awards for the “Social TV Experience” category. And finally, Comedy Central’s Drunk History “Hollywood” episode won for “Outstanding Costumes For a Variety Program or a Special”. For a list with individual names of all winners, visit the Academy website. And don’t forget to watch the Andy Samberg hosted awards show live September 20 8p on Fox.
The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations are in. And they include the expected as well as some fresh nominations from newcomers to the scene that made a name for themselves right out of gate. Falling in the former category is Modern Family, which has received their 28th and 29th Emmy noms. Sure sounds like like a lot, and deservedly so, but it’s not even halfway to 30 Rock‘s 112 or Cheers‘ 117. The show is entering it’s seventh season now in September. New comers Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Last Man on Earth, come in with four and three nominations respectively. Others include Parks and Recreation which may be behind us closing up shop this past year, but are still in the mix with two nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series. But in the end, Louie leads the way with five nominations at this years awards with Amy Schumer continuing her hot streak with three nominations. Here is the complete list of this year’s Emmy nominations: Read More
Joel McHale is hosting the ESPY awards tonight. While many awards ceremonies can sometime be a gladhanding, asskissing event. But McHale wasn’t having it as he came out swinging with his monologue, not only mocking athletes, but taking shots at Justin Bieber, a 9 fingered Jason Pierre-Paul, and landing a particularly big hit on on Bill Cosby. Read More
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