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'Key and Peele' Wins a Peabody Award

The 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced this morning, and among the recipients was Comedy Central's own Key and Peele. On the Peabody website, they bestow some high praise on the show creators and stars: "It's like Abbott and Costello Meet Richard Pryor when the duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele fearlessly apply their mischievous minds and satirical savvy to racially aware sketches both broad and incisive." The awards ceremony will be on May 19th in New York and televised for the first time on the Pivot network.

Kathy Griffin Beat Tig Notaro at the Grammys Last Night

At the Grammys last night, Kathy Griffin took home the award for Best Comedy Album, beating out Bob Saget, Craig Ferguson, Ron White, and Tig Notaro, who was nominated for Live, her famous Largo standup set from August 2012. In the Best Spoken Word Album category, Stephen Colbert won against Carol Burnett, David Sedaris, Billy Crystal, and Pete Seeger for his audiobook America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't. This makes Colbert's second Grammy; he won Best Comedy Album in 2010 for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! The Grammys have a pretty steady track record of being a little repetitive when it comes [...]

'30 Rock' and 'Arrested Development' Are Among This Year's SAG Nominees

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and aside from the predictable love for Veep, The Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family, the actors on both 30 Rock's farewell season and Arrested Development's experimental Netflix run got recognized for their work in 2013. Winners will be announced at the live awards show on January 18th at 8:00PM on TNT and TBS; see below for the complete list of comedy-related nominees.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Jason Bateman, Arrested Development Ty Burrell, Modern Family Don Cheadle, House of Lies Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Patton Oswalt Will Host the Independent Spirit Awards

Patton Oswalt has been named the host of the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, the annual awards show honoring independent filmmakers. The ceremony will take place in the afternoon on March 1st and will air on IFC that night at 10pm. Oswalt follows last year's host Andy Samberg. Seth Rogen hosted the year before.

This is hardly the first awards hosting gig for Oswalt. He hosted the Webby Awards the last two years. Check out his most recent Webby's opening speech below:

Carol Burnett Received the Mark Twain Prize Last Night

Legendary comedian Carol Burnett was award the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night in Washington D.C., and was celebrated by stars like Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Julie Andrews, and former Twain winner Tina Fey, who sang the opening number. Burnett starred for 11 years on the The Carol Burnett Show, a variety/sketch show that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978 and won 25 Emmys in the course of its run. The Mark Twain Prize was founded 16 years ago by the Kennedy Center, but this wasn't the first time they had tried to honor Burnett. “They asked me quite a few times," the 80-year-old told [...]

John Oliver Rips On the High-Functioning Nerds at the Crunchies Awards

Apparently TechCrunch gives out tech industry awards every year called Crunchies, and not even two-time Crunchies Awards host John Oliver seems to understand what exactly they are. In any case, above is Oliver's opening segment from last night's 2013 Crunchies, in which he clobbers the audience full of rich, successful nerds (who paid between $80-$120 to attend) and sums up the ceremony perfectly: "It's like the Nobel Prizes being given out if Nobel Prizes were given out in an atmosphere of high school bitchiness."

Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Among 2014 Golden Globe Winners

The Golden Globes aired last night, and in the realm of comedy, Mike Schur's NBC shows had a great night. Not only did Amy Poehler finally get an award for her work as Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, but freshman sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine took home a surprising win for Best Comedy/Musical TV Series, with Andy Samberg also earning a Best Actor award for his work on the show this year. While the ceremony was sadly low on Fey/Poehler bits (probably due to how long it took every winner to walk to the stage), the comedy duo still knocked it out of the park with their monologue, and Amy [...]

Tig Notaro, Stephen Colbert, and More Earn Grammy Nominations

The 2014 Grammy nominations were announced on Friday night, and that includes a couple comedy categories. Tig Notaro scored a nomination for Best Comedy Album for her release Live, which was recorded last August and involved her discussing her recent breast cancer diagnosis and other recent hardships to much acclaim. The ceremony will be held January 26th in LA. Here's the full list of comedy nominees:

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't - Stephen Colbert Carrie And Me – Carol Burnett Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls – David Sedaris Still Foolin' 'Em - Billy Crystal Best Comedy [...]

Watch Steve Martin Accept His Honorary Academy Award

The Honorary Oscars were handed out over the weekend at the 2013 Governors Awards, and Steve Martin received an Academy Honorary Award, which recognizes "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy." His speech is as funny and sweet as you'd expect from Martin. Below, check out tributes to Martin from Tom Hanks, Martin Short, and Bill Taylor.

Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm Hosted an Emmy Losers Party

Proving themselves to be the best losers in Hollywood, Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm hosted an Emmy Losers Party on Sunday night. The pair, who between them have lost dozens of Emmys, insisted that Emmy winners like Tina Fey and Ty Burrell donate money to the party's charity, the Worldwide Orphans fund, in order to get in the door. It was their first Emmy Losers party, but maybe not their last; they raised over $20,00 for WWO. The Hollywood Reporter even has a copy of their adorably self-effacing invite.

'30 Rock,' 'The Colbert Report,' 'The Simpsons,' and 'Veep' Win Writers Guild Awards

The 2014 WGA Awards were handed out over the weekend, and a few comedies came home with recognition for their writing. Veep won the Comedy Series category (its second WGA nom and first win), The Colbert Report won for Comedy/Variety, and The Simpsons won for Animation. The first part of 30 Rock's 2013 series finale "Hogcock!" also won for Episodic Comedy, beating out Modern Family, Parks and Rec, and Orange Is the New Black and making the show's 13th nomination and 5th WGA win. Click here to see the complete list of WGA winners.

What Makes a Comedy a Comedy?

Since the announcement of this year's Golden Globe nominations, a debate has sparked over the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy nominees. All of the five films nominated in the category — American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street — are unarguably not laugh-out-loud movies, but according to Entertainment Weekly, the only qualification the Hollywood Foreign Press Association upholds for a Musical/Comedy category film is whether it makes an audience laugh. From the article:

In pop culture, comedy often implies a position where you’re outside of things, laughing at them; whereas drama suggests empathy, identification, compassion, with no laughs to get [...]

'30 Rock', 'Parks and Rec', and All the Other Shows You'd Expect Get WGA Nominations

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 RockSimpsons 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!, GirlsBrooklyn Nine-Nine, and Always Sunny also deserve nominations and didn't get any whereas a lot [...]

NBC Will Broadcast the American Comedy Awards in May

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 [...]