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The Emmy Awards Will Finally Separate Talk and Sketch Variety Shows

Great news for sketch shows: THR reports that the Television Academy has switched up some rules for Emmy categories to address the genre ambiguity that's blurred the line between comedy and drama in recent years, and going forward, sketch comedy shows will finally be able to compete in their own category.

In terms of comedy-related changes, the Academy made a weird move by changing the definition of a comedy as a series with episodes that run 30 minutes or less, which will bump recent comedy category mainstay Orange Is the New Black to the drama category next round, while an extra nominee (7 total) will be added to [...]

Kristen Wiig Stole the Show at Last Night's Grammys

The 2015 Grammys aired last night, and ahead of his huge international tour, Weird Al Yankovic took home the award for Best Comedy Album against steep competition while Joan Rivers posthumously won her first Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Diary of a Mad Diva. The biggest comedy-related win of the night came near the end of last night's televised ceremony, with Kristen Wiig making a surprise performance as an interpretive dancer for Sia's "Chandelier." It was weird and it was wonderful, and Wiig definitely gave Jim Carrey and Kate McKinnon a run for their money. Watch it in full below:

'Silicon Valley,' 'Transparent,' 'Girls,' and More Win Golden Globe Nominations

The 2015 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and the shows up for Best Comedy include HBO series Girls and Silicon Valley, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, Amazon favorite Transparent, and surprise CW hit Jane the Virgin. The Lego Movie also got a nom in the Best Animated Film category, while Bill Murray, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Ricky Gervais, Jeffrey Tambor, Louis C.K., and more all got acting nominations.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Return in This 2015 Golden Globes Promo

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Golden Globes for the third time in January, and NBC recently released the first promo featuring the ladies revealing what they're wearing for the big show. In the meantime, check out Fey and Poehler's opening monologues from the 2013 and 2014 Golden Globes below:

Steve Martin Will Receive the AFI Life Achievement Award Next Year

The American Film Institute announced today that it's chosen Steve Martin as its annual Life Achievement Award recipient. Martin will make the second comedian to receive the award since its inception in 1973 following Mel Brooks in 2013. The award will be presented to Martin at the AFI Awards, which aren't scheduled to air on TNT and TCM until June 2015. Other recent recipients of the AFI Life Achievement Award include Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine, and Jane Fonda. Martin also received an honorary Oscar last year and ranked near the top of our "20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time" list earlier this week.

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader Trash a Movie Theater in the Latest MTV Movie Awards Promo

In the latest promo for this year's MTV Movie Awards, host Amy Schumer teamed up with her Trainwreck costar Bill Hader to celebrate the undeniable fact that winning is everything by trashing a movie theater together. The awards show airs on Sunday, April 12th at 8:00pm.

Watch the 'NFL Honors' Opening Monologue with Seth Meyers

The fourth annual NFL Honors ceremony aired Saturday night on NBC, and Seth Meyers opened the evening with a monologue poking fun at pretty much every football player in the audience. Meyers is no stranger to hosting sports awards shows — he previously hosted ESPN's ESPY Awards in 2010 and 2011.

Weird Al, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., and Jim Gaffigan Get Grammy Noms

The Grammys announced their 2015 nominees today, and in addition to the late Joan Rivers scoring a nomination for Best Spoken World Album for Diary of a Mad Diva, the Best Comedy Album category is full of impressive competition. The five nominees this year: Weird Al's Mandatory Fun, Jim Gaffigan's Obsessed, Louis C.K.,'s Oh My God, Patton Oswalt's Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, and Sarah Silverman's We Are Miracles. Hopefully Patton Oswalt follows through on his promise for another epic battle against Weird Al when the Grammys air in February.

Steve Carell on Never Getting That 'Office' Emmy: "What Can I Complain About? I've Won the Lottery"

"His journey also will likely include a trip down the red carpet at next year’s Academy Awards — talk that Carell finds flattering, but prefers not to dwell on. After all, this is the man who was zero-for-six at the Emmy Awards, despite creating an iconic character. 'When you start crying about not winning awards, you have to look at where you are, and all the good things that have occurred,' he says. 'And what can I complain about? I've won the lottery.'"

- Ahead of the premiere of his new dramatic role in Foxcatcher, Steve Carell reflects on his many Emmy nominations (and lack of wins) for playing Michael [...]

American Alex Edelman Wins Best Newcomer Award at Edinburgh Fringe

25-year-old New York comedian Alex Edelman won the Edinburgh Fringe's Best Newcomer prize on Saturday for his show, Millennial. The prize is awarded to the best full-length debut show on the Fringe. The last American to win was Arj Barker back in 1997; other winners include The Mighty Boosh, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Millican. The overall Best Comedy Show award went to last year's best newcomer, John Kearns, for his absurdist show Shtick, and the Panel Prize, awarded to the show deemed to best capture the "spirit of the Fringe," was awarded to the interactive children's show Funz and Gamez, a show written by comedian Phil Ellis to appeal equally to parents and kids. [...]

'Louie,' 'High Maintenance,' and 'Last Week Tonight' Win WGA Awards

The 2015 Writers Guild Awards were announced over the weekend, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, Louie, The Simpsons, High Maintenance, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver all took home awards for their work last year. Budapest won Original Screenplay, Louie won both Comedy Series and Episodic Comedy for its season 4 episode "So Did the Fat Lady," and High Maintenance's episode "Rachel" won for Short Form New Media. Check out the full list of comedy winners below:

'Transparent' and 'Jane the Virgin' Break Records at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes aired on NBC last night, and in the world of comedy, freshman hits Transparent and Jane the Virgin took home some history-making awards. Amazon's Transparent became the first online show to win a Best TV Series Globe, while Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez took home the award for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy in a surprise win over Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Taylor Schilling, Lena Dunham, and Edie Falco, making it CW's first-ever Globe win. Check out the full list of comedy-related awards as well as clips of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's hosting performance below, including an appearance by Margaret Cho as an unimpressed North Korean [...]

2015 WGA Award Nominees Include 'High Maintenance,' 'Inside Amy Schumer,' and 'Louie'

The Writers Guild of America just announced its list of WGA Award nominees for next year's ceremony, which is set to take place on February 14th in New York with host Larry Wilmore. Nominees for Comedy Series include Louie, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Amazon's recent hit Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor, while Inside Amy Schumer managed to break into the Comedy/Variety category for the second year in a row with SNL, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Last Week Tonight. Returning Vimeo web series High Maintenance also got some love in the Short Form Media [...]

Amy Poehler Addresses Her Many Emmy Nominations on 'The Howard Stern Show'

"It's more fun to lose than to win in a way, because when you win you have that adrenaline rush, you've got to give a speech, and then you have to go backstage, and all of a sudden you win and everyone's like 'Well, she shouldn't have won.' But if you lose, the whole night everyone's like 'You should've won.'"

- Amy Poehler gracefully addresses her many Emmy nominations — including two for Saturday Night Live and five for Parks and Recreation — during her interview on this morning's Howard Stern Show. Mike Schur was right: Poehler's lack of Emmy trophies is "downright un-American."