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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:

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 [...]

Grammys for Betty White, Louis C.K., and The Book of Mormon

Louis C.K. won the Best Comedy Album Grammy for Hilarious, although he was too busy making gluten-free chicken fingers to care. (That's what "gf" stands for, right? That or "God Fuckingdamn, why am I heating up chicken fingers, I just won a Grammy. I should be in a technicolored limo somewhere between Adele and Kanye.") The Book of Mormon won best Musical Theater Album and Betty White's If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) also beat Tina Fey's Bossypants for Best Spoken Word Album. No word on what foods they were cooking when they found out.

When Getting Laughs Got You a Grammy

A few months ago, I was trolling Wikipedia to disprove a friend's rash claim that all Grammy Award winners for Album of the Year have been terrible. After I triumphantly pointed out No Jacket Required by Phil Collins, among others, I discovered that twice in the show's history, the big award went to comedy acts. With the Grammys coming up this Sunday, I thought it'd be worth revisiting the time when comedy actually had a shot at the biggest award in music.

In 1961, deadpan superstar Bob Newhart won for his debut stand-up record, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart: The Most Celebrated New Comedian since Attila. That title [...]

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.

Jimmy Fallon Wins the "Best Comedy Album" Grammy

Jimmy Fallon won his first Grammy last night. Blow Your Pants Off, a collection of songs from his talk show Late Night that features appearances from Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Eddie Vedder, took the "Best Comedy Album" prize. This was Fallon's second-ever album. His first album, 2002's The Bathroom Wall, also received a Grammy nomination when it was released but lost out to Robin Williams – Live 2002. The others nominated this time around were Jim Gaffigan, Tenacious D, Margaret Cho, and Kathy Griffin. Last year's winner was Louis C.K. for Hilarious. Jimmy Fallon was not present at the early pre-show ceremony during which the Grammys [...]

The Grammys Are Coming, the Grammys Are Coming

The Grammy nominations are in, and there's a lotta comedy in there. First, the big one: Best Comedy Album. And the nominees are:

Alpocalypse – "Weird Al" Yankovic [Jive Records]

Finest Hour – Patton Oswalt [Comedy Central Records]

Hilarious – Louis C.K. [Comedy Central Records]

Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant – Kathy Griffin [Universal Network Television]

Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island [Universal Republic]

But comedians didn't restrict themselves to the comedy-specific categories alone. Both Tina Fey's Bossypants and Betty White's If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) are nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category. Seth MacFarlane is up for Best [...]

Grammy Nominations for Comedy and Spoken Word Albums Announced

The Grammy nominations are out, and among them are those for the categories of Best Comedy Album and Best Spoken Word Album. Some of the nominated include Flight of the Conchords, The Daily Show writers, Sarah Silverman and, of course, Kathy Griffin. At this point the Grammys are about as relevant as the Kids' Choice Awards, but still, congrats to all involved.

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 [...]

The Grammys Snub Tig Notaro and a Lot of Other Great Comedians

Look, the Grammys have always been sort of out of touch when it comes to comedy, often choosing safe, unchallenging stand-up albums over cutting edge great ones. Occasionally, outstanding stuff seeps through (like Louis C.K.'s Hilarious, which won the prize last year), but it's pretty rare. The 2013 Grammy nominees were announced today, and in the category of Best Comedy Album, voters played it pretty safe and proved to be woefully ignorant of some amazing work done by comedians this past year. Here are this year's nominees for Best Comedy Album:

Lewis Black – In God We Rust

Margaret Cho – Cho Dependent (Live in Concert)

Jimmy Fallon – [...]

The Daily Show and Lewis Black Won Grammy Awards, Didn't Show Up in Eggs

The Grammys were last night. Yeah, I know. Here are your comedy-related wins: The Daily Show crew won Best Spoken Word Album for Earth: The Book and Lewis Black won Best Comedy Album for Stark Raving Black.