Posts tagged as award shows

Jay Pharoah Brings His Jay-Z, Drake, and Kanye West Impersonations to the VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards aired last night, and the closest thing to a host was SNL's Jay Pharoah, who made several appearances during the show disguised as some of his best impersonations. Above watch him bring back his Kanye impression while Kim Kardashian watches from an awkwardly close distance, then click through to watch his segments as Jay-Z and Drake.

Emmy Nominations 2012: 'Louie,' 'Girls,' Bill Hader, 'Community' and So Much More

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 [...]

83% of Your Favorite Famous Funny People Will Be On Stage at The Comedy Awards

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%.

Brian Grazer to Replace Brett Ratner as Oscars Producer, Is Trying to Get Eddie Murphy Back

Producer/haircut Brian Grazer has stepped in to replace bearded bro-child Brett Ratner as producer of the Oscars. Ratner had stepped down from the job after speaking the way he normally speaks to friends about gay people and women, but this time did it in front of cameras and microphones. Duh, Brett! That's basic PR stuff: always pretend to not be as gross as you are when microphones are around.

Yesterday, Eddie Murphy also dropped out of hosting the awards, although Grazer is reportedly trying hard to get him back on board. Ratner directed Murphy in Tower Heist, a movie Grazer produced. Whatever happens, we've just [...]

Amy Poehler on Nick Offerman's Emmy Snub: "It's a hot load of bullshit."

Amy Poehler sums up Nick Offerman's Emmy snub nicely: "It's a hot load of bullshit that he didn't get a nomination, and you can quote me on that."

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 [...]

Are the 'Comedy Awards' a Thing Now?

Last night, the Comedy Awards aired on Comedy Central. After last year's ceremony, we discussed the Comedy Awards' biggest problem – it's an award show. From the Oscars down to whatever Nickelodeon's award show is called, the actual honor inherently doesn't really mean anything beyond it's nice to win things and it's nice when people we like win things. So the Comedy Awards, which seem even more trivial because they are so young, are nice because our favorite people get to be honored. They can, and will, self-deprecate towards it but it's still a worthy moment for people who wouldn't otherwise get that level of moments. As Paul [...]

Jon Stewart to Present Don Rickles with the Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence

The Comedy Awards, which tape in New York on April 28 and will air on Comedy Central on May 6, will honor Don Rickles with "Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence." The award was to David Letterman by Bill Murray last year; Jon Stewart will be handing over to Mr. Rickles this year.

16 Years Later, Defending David Letterman's Notorious Oscar Hosting Performance

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 [...]

Splitsider's Perfect World Emmy Nominations

We saw the real Emmy nominations this morning, which included nods for many wonderful people but also notable absences from plenty of very deserving folks as well. So we decided to make up our own list of nominations. And hell, we added a few categories as well, since we gave ourselves all this power. Might as well! Consider these the real, official nominations unless we tell you otherwise, OK?

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Will Host the Next Two Golden Globes

Rejoice, for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning to host the Golden Globes for the next two years, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The two hosted this year's ceremony in January, garnering the event's highest ratings in six years as well as critical acclaim.

“Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business, and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season,” said NBC president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy. “We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.”

Below, check out [...]

The Webbys Awarded "Actress of the Year" to a Man, But Who Cares About the Webbys?

The Webby Awards are pretty stupid. Not that giving out awards for achievement on the internet is an inherently bad idea, but when in order to be considered for a nomination you need to pay a "submission fee" costing hundreds of dollars, it's tough to consider them even remotely relevant. I mean, look at the nominees in categories about web videos; they all come from big companies, such as Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, Broadway Video and The Onion (or from corporations such as Microsoft and Chipotle). Those folks put out great stuff, sure, but did they really have no competition at all from amateur groups? But very few [...]

Ricky Gervais Hosted the Golden Globes, and Some "Comedies" Won Them

Last night was the Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, the most self-satisfied insult comic on Earth. As promised, he made fun of celebrities, the awards themselves, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Thanks to the overhyping of his "danger" by both NBC and Gervais himself, I don't think there was any way that he could live up to the expectations. That's his monologue up there, which contains the lion's share of his material for the night. Unlike the Oscars, the host really just does the monologue and comes back a couple times throughout the ceremony at the Globes.

As for the awards themselves, the show continued it's pattern [...]

Billy Crystal Wants to Be Your Oscars Host; Brett Ratner Considers

According to statements he made to a crowd last Friday, Billy Crystal wants to host the Oscars for the ninth time next year, a desire that may or may not be connected to seeing James Franco lumber on stage as a sad, beefy Marilyn Monroe. “They had called and said would you do this thing and honor Bob Hope and that was a kind of cool thing to do,” Crystal said about his cameo at this year's show. “I said okay. I did it, and people wanted to see me, they stood up, and I couldn’t talk for about a minute [while waiting for the ovation to subside]. And, um, I [...]