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For fans of Between Two Ferns, the hilarious bite-sized webisodes in which a passive-aggressive version of Zach Galifianakis awkwardly interviews quickly chagrined celebrities, the promise of a full-length television episode threatened to be almost too much of a good thing. Would Comedy Central, which aired the special last night before The Comedy Awards, ruin the low-rent vibe of the show by throwing millions of Viacom dollars at the funnyman? And could the show hold up over the course of a half hour, rather than the quick four-minute hits that have so delighted you during your lunch break.
Have no fear, »
- Jeff Labrecque
On TV this Sunday: Another Amazing Race comes to an end, Zach Galifianakis brings his Ferns to prime time, the Comedy Awards show you the funny, Sherlock is back on the case, Gcb says C-ya and more. We made some tough calls and singled out 13 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Two-hour Season 20 finale: As the final four teams battle for the $1 million prize, they must contend with a fast-paced Japanese game show and a not-so-relaxing “rescue mission” trip to Hawaii.
8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | While Henry pleads for Emma to stay in Storybrooke and complete her quest, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The Funny or Die original web series for which Will Ferrel and Adam McKay’s online comedy destination is most famous is getting a 30-minute special on Comedy Central this Sunday, May 6 at 8:30Pm Eastern. Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns is set to air on cable television’s comedy channel immediately following that channel's broadcast of The Comedy Awards. The very special installment of the faux celebrity interview program is dubbed A Fairy Tale of New York and will feature the kinds of individuals with recognizable names you’re used to seeing sit across from Galifiankis in an an awkward set, bookended with mildly unattractive greenery. Guests include, but may not be limited to Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, and Sir Richard Branson. In anticipation of the big event, Funny or Die recently released two deleted scenes that got picked up off the floor of the edit room of television and uploaded to the internet. »
- Joshua Cohen
On TV this Friday: The Finder tackles a bewitching case, Fringe‘s worlds remain in crisis, Mary Shannon is In Plain Sight for the very last time and more. In addition to TVLine’s features (linked within), here are eight programs to keep on your radar.
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8 pm The Finder (Fox) | A Miami mob boss (Nestor Serrano, 24) has a strange request: Find the voodoo doll that is working against him.
- Alyse Whitney
Don't you hate how few awards shows we can enjoy year round? So did Comedy Central. But unlike you, they have the power to snap their fingers and bring one into existence out of thin air.
And snap their fingers they did -- for the second year in a row, they held The Comedy Awards in New York City, honoring and celebrating the best in film, TV, stand-up and other comedy from the last year. They also gave Don Rickles and Robin Williams special lifetime achievement awards, recognizing their lives in comedy.
Although the winners have already been announced, you can watch the awards this Saturday evening on Comedy Central. But the real fun was seeing so many stars of the world of comedy all in one place.
HuffPost Comedy was there, too, and we were lucky enough to nab interviews with several of them. We chatted with Robin Williams, »
- Ross Luippold
Talk about a tough crowd. When comedians took the stage at the second annual Comedy Awards, a swanky trophy-fest that taped on April 28 in New York City and will air this Sunday at 9 p.m. on Comedy Central, they had to stare down comedic powerhouses like Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Joel McHale, and Kristen Wiig — and try to crack them up.
“So, they televise this, and they don’t do the Nobel Peace Prize?” joked Rock at the show’s opening, earning big laughs from the crowd. Other chuckle-inducing presenters included the cast of Happy Endings (one of whom ate »
- Grady Smith
When putting on an awards show that's all for comedy, you can pretty much guarantee there won't be any of those typical, boring, old acceptance speeches.
Instead, you get stuff like this.
While accepting their award for Best Comedy Screenplay at The Comedy Awards last weekend, "Bridesmaids" writers and best friends Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo had a little trouble deciding who would hold the single statuette. What starts as a friendly tug of war quickly escalates into a girl-on-girl wrestling match on the floor.
- Katla McGlynn
At the Second Annual Comedy Awards presented by Comedy Central on Saturday night, Robin Williams was honored with the Stand-Up Icon Award. But in a pre-show interview with The Huffington Post, he singled out two other comics, Patton Oswalt and Louis C.K., as two of the best and funniest comics working today.
"I hope it's Louie-palooza tonight," the Oscar-winning actor said. "I hope Patton wins, because he deserves it too. It's hard, because the guys are so good, you just want to put them in a room and [have them] fight over it."
Oswalt and C.K. were both nominated for "Comedy Special of the Year," with C.K. ultimately winning for his experimentally-marketed "Live at the Beacon Theatre." Oswalt, who like Williams spent much time in the San Francisco comedy scene, was nominated for his special "Finest Hour."
When asked why C.K. has become such a prominent stand-up comedian over the last several years, »
- Ross Luippold
What's not to love about a week with a double dose of James Van Der Beek? The "Dawson's Creek" vet will first make his usual appearance on "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23" (Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. Et on ABC). The following day, Van Der Beek will appear as a guest star on "Law And Order: Special Victims Unit" (Wednesday at 10 p.m. Et on NBC).
In finale news, "In Plain Sight" airs its final episode ever on Friday on USA, which sees Mary caught between her "model" witness and an unexpected family reunion. And "Gcb" also ends its first season on Sunday on ABC.
The rest of weekend also offers a few reasons to stay home on the couch. On Saturday, it's SyFy's one night only movie event with "Treasure Island." The new spin on the classic tale features an all-star cast led by Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. »
- Leigh Weingus
Melissa McCarthy, who won an Oscar nomination for her part in the movie, scooped Best Performance by an Actress during the Comedy Central prizegiving at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Saturday night.
Paul Feig won Best Comedy Director and the movie was also named Best Comedy Film.
The prizegiving also honoured Oscar-winning French actor Jean Dujardin, who won the Best Performance by an Actor - Film for his role in The Artist, while Modern Family star Ty Burrell and Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler scored acting nods in the TV categories.
Funnyman Robin Williams was named Stand-Up Icon at the show and on accepting the prize, he called himself "one of the luckiest f**kers in showbusiness, with the possible exception of Ryan Seacrest," and comedy legend Don Rickles was feted for his career achievements with the Johnny Carson Award.
The beloved comic couldn't resist joking about the accolade, telling the crowd, "I see many people in the audience tonight, and I realise: I'm the biggest name here!"
The night also featured an appearance by Community co-stars Joel McHale and Chevy Chase, who put a public feud over the show behind them by presenting an award together. Chase, who blasted show creator Dan Harmon in an explosive leaked voicemail message earlier this month, appeared to put the incident behind him by joking with McHale on stage.
McHale told the crowd, "When I see Chevy and (me) together, I can only think of one thing - teamwork... What an absolute joy it is to work alongside a comic legend... and I know all those pratfalls are because of an inoperable tumour" as Chase leaned his head on his co-star's shoulder and shot back, calling McHale "a brilliant actor, who has a horrible eating disorder".
The ceremony will be broadcast in the U.S. on the Comedy Central channel on 6 May. »
The second annual Comedy Awards are taping tonight at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, and HuffPost Comedy will be there covering the red carpet, watching the show and interviewing comedians backstage. All for you!
With some of comedy's biggest names nominated for awards at the Viacom-produced event, you can expect to see some genuinely funny speeches and bits when the show airs next Sunday. All of the presenters, including Chris Rock, Will Arnett, Tracy Morgan, Maya Rudolph, Adam Scott and Jon Stewart, wrote their own material for the show with the help of popular TV comedy writers. Although it won't have the extreme unpredictability of a live broadcast, last year there were more than a few unexpected moments.
Aside from the yet-to-be decided award categories, Don Rickles will receive an award for comedic excellence that David Letterman won in a surprise appearance last year. Similarly, Robin Williams will »
- Katla McGlynn
The first batch of talent to appear at the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today along with the news that Robin Williams will receive special honors at the ceremony slated to tape this Saturday, April 28 in New York City.
The Viacom-produced event will feature awards presented by Chris Rock, Will Arnett, Tracy Morgan, Maya Rudolph, Adam Scott and the previously announced Jon Stewart, who will bestow Don Rickles with the Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence. The full list of nominees can be found here.
Aside from the talent presenting awards, appearances will be made by a slew of well-known comedians including 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, »
- The Huffington Post
Speaking of original web series making the transition to cable television networks, Zach Galifianakis’s Speed Stick-supported, Funny or Die distributed, and viewer embraced awkward, faux celebrity, online interview program is making its way to Comedy Central. The channel that’s no stranger to inelegant content will broadcast a 30-minute special of Between Two Ferns on May 6 at 8:30Pm Et, immediately before The Comedy Awards. The television iteration of the online video show is dubbed Between Two Ferns: A Fairy Tale of New York and will feature Galifianakis, two ferns, and at least Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, and Sir Richard Branson as guests. Scott Aukerman is the director of the series and let news slip of its existence and air date on Monday’s installment of the Comedy Bang Bang podcast. No news yet on whether or not this is a one-off for television or the beginnings of a »
- Joshua Cohen
Continuing its gradual metamorphosis into the Funny Or Die Channel, Comedy Central will air an all-new half-hour Between Two Ferns special on May 6, resurrecting Zach Galifianakis' interview show right before The Comedy Awards as a sort of intentionally awkward version of Barbara Walters' pre-awards show conversations. Scott Aukerman—who's directed many previous Ferns segments as well as this special—made the announcement on his Comedy Bang Bang podcast, saying that Galifianakis' guests would include Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, and Richard Branson (though, as Pop Culture Brain suggests, it's possible that "Richard Branson" could also be someone appearing »
Don Rickles will receive a lifetime achievement prize at The Comedy Awards. The legendary insult comedian is to be given the Johnny Carson Award by Jon Stewart at the upcoming New York City comedy gala. Rickles was a close friend of Carson, appearing on The Tonight Show more than 100 times over the years. David Letterman - who was also closely associated with Carson - received the prestigious honor at the 2011 Comedy Awards. Robin Williams's life and career will also be saluted at The Comedy Awards when he is given the Stand-Up Icon trophy. 30 Rock, Modern Family (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Comedy Central announced Monday that Don Rickles will receive The Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence at the upcoming 2012 Comedy Awards. Rickles is the second recipient of the honor, after David Letterman received the award at the 2011 ceremony.
Rickles, 85, has been performing stand-up comedy since the early 1950s. He quickly developed a reputation as an "insult comedian," throwing out razor-sharp barbs at audience members as a trademark of his act. As a result of befriending Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, he has been a headliner in Las Vegas since he first performed there in 1959.
His first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" came in 1965, introducing him to a national audience. He went on »
- The Huffington Post
By Josh Abraham
The Comedy Awards, an annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy, announced today that Robin Williams will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious “Stand-Up Icon” award. This honor is bestowed each year to a modern icon, an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to stand-up comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers. Williams will be honored for the unparalleled scope of his imagination, his repertoire of indelible characters, and his outstanding work as a stand-up comedian. Eddie Murphy was the inaugural recipient and he was presented with the honor by Tracy Morgan during last year’s show.
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- Kailyn Corrigan
The second annual Comedy Awards are set for April 28 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Comedy Central will air the ceremony May 6. Here’s the release: New York, March 21, 2012 – “The Comedy Awards,” the annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy, announced today that Robin Williams will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious “Stand-Up Icon” award. This honor is bestowed each year to a modern icon, an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to stand-up comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers. Williams will be honored for the unparalleled scope of his imagination, his repertoire of indelible characters, and his outstanding work as a stand-up comedian. Eddie Murphy was the inaugural recipient and he was presented with the honor by Tracy Morgan during last year’s show. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
HollywoodNews.com: “The Comedy Awards,” the annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy, announced today that Robin Williams will be honored as the recipient of the prestigious “Stand-Up Icon” award. This honor is bestowed each year to a modern icon, an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to stand-up comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers. Williams will be honored for the unparalleled scope of his imagination, his repertoire of indelible characters, and his outstanding work as a stand-up comedian. Eddie Murphy was the inaugural recipient and he was presented with the honor by Tracy Morgan during last year’s show.
“Robin Williams is a comedic force of nature whose intensity and explosive free-associating style as a stand-up comedian made him a superstar,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer, “The Comedy Awards” and Evp, Event Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. »
- Josh Abraham
And you thought awards season was over.
Fear not, this is a no stuffed-shirt, glad-handing-celebs kind of award ceremony; laughter is king at the second annual Comedy Awards, determined by a board of directors that counts funny people Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Joan Rivers and Carol Burnett among its members.
And hilarious movies like Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses and Crazy Stupid Love will vie for best Comedy Film and members of its cast (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston Steve Carell and Emma Stone, among them) will be up for acting awards for making us giggle until our cheeks hurt.
The Comedy Awards also recognized razor-sharp comedians like Louis C.K., whose difficult but brilliant show "Louie" is nominated for best Sketch/Alternative Comedy show, competing against the likes of "Portlandia," "SNL," "Tosh.0" and "Childrens Hospital." »
- Andrea Miller
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