The Writers Guild of America announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards in TV, and the list was full of few surprises. Usual suspects Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and Veep made it into the Comedy Series category, also joined by newcomer Orange Is the New Black and departing 30 Rock. Simpsons and Futurama dominated the animation category, while Colbert, Conan, Kimmel, SNL, Daily Show, and Portlandia all took home variety series nominations.
Sure, shows like Archer, Bob's Burgers, Key & Peele, Eastbound & Down, Eagleheart, Always Sunny, Nathan For You, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Always Sunny also deserve nominations and didn't get any whereas a lot [...]
NBC has acquired the American Comedy Awards, which originally aired on ABC from 1987 to 2000. The Hollywood Reporter says the network will air the special in May 2014 and will "honoring those who have achieved new heights in film and television. The ceremony will also pay tribute to some of comedy's most enduring personalities and acknowledge the work of stand-up performers."
Comedy award shows tend to come and go. Since ABC ceased broadcasting the American Comedy Awards, Comedy Central has attempted several times to take on the awards mantle. It took over ACA in 2001, then aired its own Commie Awards in 2003. In 2011 and 2012, The Comedy Awards [...]
Woody Allen will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in January. The honorary Golden Globe is awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." The last comedian to be given the honor was Robin Williams back in 2005.
Allen has written and directed more than 45 movies, and already won Golden Globes for The Purple Rose of Cairo and Midnight in Paris, as well as Oscars for Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Midnight in Paris. He was also a top-notch standup back in the day and a fantastic prose writer, which are [...]
The White House recently announced the batch of artists they'll be awarding with the 2012 National Medal of Arts awards this week, and a rare comedy person made it into the mix this time around. Beloved writer/director/actress Elaine May will be receiving the award when Barack Obama presents it to her alongside the awards other recipients, including George Lucas and Herb Alpert, tomorrow.
Two-time Oscar nominee May has had an impressive career in comedy on both sides of the camera and on stage. As a member of Second City predecessors The Compass Players, she began working with Mike Nichols. Nichols soon became her creative partner and the two [...]
The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is going to Carol Burnett this year, the Kennedy Center announced today. The lifetime achievement award, given out annually by the Kennedy Center, is the most prestigious accolade in comedy, and this is the 15th anniversary of the prize. Past recipients have included Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, and, more recently, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey. Burnett, who turned 80 this year, is best known for her long-running TV variety show, which aired for 11 years on CBS from 1967 to 1978. In addition to the show, she has had an eclectic career that has seen her working as an author [...]