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Here Are the Best Moments from Last Night's Academy Awards

The wonderful Ellen DeGeneres returned to host the Oscars last night, and for a year full of so many depressing movies, there were still a few moments of humor amid an otherwise solemn film affair. Watch Ellen's Oscars monologue above then click through for a few of her best jokes and audience interactions along with comedy's best moment of the night, which came through an unplanned shout-out to the late Harold Ramis by his collaborator Bill Murray.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Stephen Colbert Is Campaigning for His People's Choice Award

Stephen Colbert isn't resting on his recent Emmys win, because the People's Choice Awards apparently still exist and he wants one. Colbert is up against Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel for Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host, and he's like you to vote for him as much many times as you can.

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 [...]

'Parks and Rec,' 'Brooklyn Nine Nine,' and 'Girls' Among This Year's Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier this morning, bringing with them a few predictable choices and a few surprises. In the Best TV Comedy category, award show dominator Modern Family was joined by The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Parks and Recreation, and the freshman season of Andy Samberg's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, while the categories for TV comedy acting showed some love to Amy Poehler, Jason Bateman, Andy Samberg, and Lena Dunham for their performances this year. 2013 wasn't the best year for comedy movies and that's painfully obvious in these nominations, though Julia Louis-Dreyfus did get a nom for her performance in the romantic comedy Enough Said. See [...]

'Anchorman 2' Is Chasing an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues happens to be coming out right during awards season, and the studio behind the movie is actually campaigning for a "Best Original Song" Oscar nomination. Check out Paramount's "For Your Consideration" site to hear "Doby," a funny, overblown song from Anchorman 2 that Will Ferrell sings with backup from a childrens' choir. Ferrell and McKay co-wrote the song with the movie's composers, John Nau and Andrew Feltenstein. An Oscar nomination for the comedic song wouldn't be too surprising as the comedy Ted was nominated for "Best Original Song" last year and The Muppets won the category the year before.

Anchorman 2's soundtrack [...]

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 [...]

'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.

Here's the First Oscars Trailer Starring Ellen DeGeneres

The Oscars are still over two months away, but the Academy released this super slick trailer yesterday starring second-time host Ellen DeGeneres and a bunch of dapperly dressed backup dancers. It's funny, catchy, and full of feminine empowerment, so in other words, it was directed by Paul Feig.

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 [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Pretended to Kill an Old Lady While Receiving an Award This Weekend

Sacha Baron Cohen was award the Charlie Chaplin Award For Excellence In Comedy over the weekend at the annual BAFTA LA Britannia Awards, and he couldn't accept such an honor without pulling off a brutal prank. A woman, who introduced as an 87-year-old actress named Grace Collington who co-starred with Chaplin as a child, gifted Cohen with an original cane of Chaplin's; things got a big violent after that. According to TV Guide, Cohen "dedicated" his award to Collington, saying, "It's obviously a tragedy , but on the bright side what a great way to go. She'll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam section. … Anyway, tonight is not [...]