The 2012 Emmy nominations are out, and they're chock full of pretty excellent choices in the comedy world. Modern Family has a boatload of nominations, as usual, getting a nod for best comedy series, six different supporting actor/actress nominations, and a bunch of others. Some more surprising nominations include Community's first nomination, for Chris McKenna's writing of "Remedial Chaos Theory." Girls had a great showing, getting nominated for best comedy series as well as Lena Dunham getting nominations for acting, writing and directing. Louie got in there again with nominations for lead actor, writing and directing, and Louis CK's Live at the Beacon Theater got nominated for Outstanding Special [...]
Look, I don't know if precisely 83% of your favorite famous funny people will be on stage at the Comedy Awards. But really, it seems accurate enough when you see this list of people who will be participating: Chris Rock, Will Arnett, Tracy Morgan, Maya Rudolph, Adam Scott, Jon Stewart, Hannibal Buress, Ty Burrell, Louis C.K, Chevy Chase, Paul Feig, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Annie Mumolo, Amber Nash, Jim O’Heir, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, The Gregory Brothers, Aisha Tyler and Kristen Wiig. Also, more people will be announced later this week, potentially getting that figure up to like 87%.
In more ways than one, David Letterman couldn’t win at the 67th Annual Academy Awards. He was there as a host, not a nominee, which meant he couldn’t win literally, but unrealistic expectations made winning in a figurative sense all but impossible. And so at an event where almost no one left victorious, the biggest loser of the night wasn’t even nominated.
Johnny Carson’s impending retirement in the Spring of '92 triggered almost instantaneous speculation over whether Jay Leno or Letterman would emerge as heir to the Tonight Show throne. To the bewilderment of Letterman, and against the wishes of Carson himself, the NBC brass went with Leno. The [...]
Ryan Seacrest announced earlier today that Jason Sudeikis will host the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 5 at 9pm. Sudeikis joins the eight other SNL alums who have hosted in the past, including Andy Samberg, Eddie Murphy and the illimitable Jon Lovitz. 2011 hasn't exactly been a gangbuster year for films so far, but if Aziz Ansari could mine Avatar for gold in 2010, I think we'd be okay with a few more Black Swan jokes, right? I'm pretty sure we can count on at least one monkey-nibbling-a-weenis tribute number, and that's enough for me to tune in.