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.
"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 [...]
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. [...]
Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman wrote a piece for The Hollywood Reporter today about how ridiculous it is that all the great sketch and late night talk shows on TV compete for one category at the Emmys. Aukerman proposes splitting the Outstanding Variety Category into "variety/talk program" and "sketch/alternative program." Here's a bit of what he had to say:
"In August, either The Daily Show or The Colbert Report will win the Emmy for outstanding variety series — and America will yawn. Probably because the ceremony is heading into the four-hour mark at that point. But also because, once again, smaller alternative-comedy sketch shows (Key and Peele, Portlandia, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer and, yes, my show Comedy [...]
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.