‘Between Two Ferns’ Makes the Jump to TV, on Comedy Central May 6th With Tina Fey and Jon Stewart
As announced on Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast, Comedy Central (and presumably FunnyorDie) are getting all Barbara Walters on your ass and bringing you a brand new Between Two Ferns interview special before The Comedy Awards.
The series makes its jump to television with a half hour special titled ‘Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York’, and will feature host Zach Galifianakis interviewing Tina Fey. Jon Stewart, and Sir Richard Branson. (My guess is that last one is someone in character. Will Ferrell maybe? Or Bill Hader?) This will also be Scott Aukerman’s TV directing debut, so congrats to him.
Look for that May 6th at 8:30 pm before The Comedy Awards.
It’s great to see an award show with actually funny presenter banter.
Then again it is the Comedy Awards.
Voting is now open for The Comedy Awards’ Breakthrough Performer category. The nominees are:
They’re all deserving of the award really, but I voted for Louis CK because of his auteur status. No one is doing what he’s doing.
It is an honor to be nominated for my stand up at this, the first-ever ‘The Comedy Awards’. In 68 years time, I intend to host it and get it canceled.
Viacom’s MTV Networks, led by Comedy Central, is starting a new comedy awards franchise, The Comedy Awards. The first annual Comedy Awards show will be held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, March 26 and will air on Sunday, April 10, 2011, running simultaneously on MTV Networks’ Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite. The show, which will be executive produced by veteran Don Mischer, will recognize “the year’s best comedy films, television series and digital content” with awards for writers, directors and actors as well as lifetime achievement honors for “pioneering legends.” Nominees will be be selected by The Comedy Awards’ board of directors whose founding members include James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Phil Rosenthal. The winners will be chosen by an invitation-only voting body comprised of 500-1000 members from the comedy community — including writers, producers, performers and directors. Thee will be several awards determined by fans through online voting at thecomedyawards.com.
At first this seemed like another silly award show put on by MTV to get ratings, especially it’s airtime of April [What are the eligibility cut off dates going to be?] but, then you see the nominating judges and that they’re getting the comedy community to vote and it suddenly gets all kind of legit.
In fact it’s downright exciting.