Friday kicked off with some comedy awards. As everyone gathered into the Hyatt’s main ballroom they were treated to Jeff Ross hosting a celebration of those the festival was honoring this year. Those selected were Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd for comedy writers for their work on Modern Family, Ken Jeong (The Hangover II, Community) for breakout comedy star, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) for comedy director, Garry Shandling, for lifetime achievement, and Louis C.K. as comedy person of the year.
Highlights of the show included Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family reading off notes from the MF cast congratulating the writers, it pissed the kids off. Shandling also gave a very lengthy acceptance speech that included him taking credit for all the other vehicles of the nominees. Feig and C.K. both opted for the serious route, thanking supporters and generally being happy people.
After the reception a few minutes later many, many people gathered in the main room for a one-on-one conversation with Louis C.K. as he discussed his craft of comedy, the oft-asked question about how often he ditches material to keep his writing up, Lucky Louie, and of course Louie on of the more telling moments of the conversation got on the topic of the kids who play his daughters on the show with the comedian declaring pretty definitively how not worth it is to destroy a child actor’s life. He also alluded that if FX is willing to do a 3rd season of Louie, he was in. Hear that FX? Get on that one.
Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry is an annual kvetchfest by Kindler himself. To many, Kindler embodies everything a comedian should be and his yearly rant about what he sees as good and bad about the comedy industry is probably both loved and loathed. Kindler took the obvious targets, Late night, Leno, Dane Cook, and Kevin James with the usual. But in general, it was a lighthearted roast and a great excuse to get the industry into one room before the night’s festivities kicked off.
Hannibal Buress was hands-down one of our most anticipated comics to watch this week, mainly because we’ve yet to see him do a bad show and we wanted to check out his new material. And his new material is amazing! So amazing in fact that it literally gave me a headache I was laughing so hard.
Paul F Thompkins had a set up the road, and after trying to get out there to see him, we were promptly denied access for a less than standing room-only venue, our first denial of the festival. Bummer but we went there more to see the man rock his white suit and mustache as he did so eloquently during the podcast panel the day before.
Oh Paul, what to do what to do?