Guest wrote:Manny's different noses throughout the years.
All yuks, no filler: The Comedy Awards 2012
Gathering a group of the funniest comics in the business is a great first step in crafting any awards show, but Comedy Central's Comedy Awards isn't just another self-congratulatory evening. It's the rare awards show that is by and for comedians, the whole anti-establishment lot of them. "In fact, the humor that other film, TV and theater trophy shows strive to inject into otherwise stoic affairs just comes naturally for the Comedy Awards," says Casey Patterson, exec veep of event production at Viacom Entertainment Group. "Everybody who appears on the stage is a performer-writer. Everybody's writing their own stuff. There's no bad, forced, awkward awards-show patter."
In addition to big names like Tina Fey, Louis C.K. and Jon Stewart writing their own material for the telecast, Patterson says there are usually a few brainstorming sessions about the show with top writers from latenight and primetime. "It ends up being a much more collaborative back and forth," Patterson says, pointing to scribes from Funny or Die and "Tosh.0" as well as "Conan" making up the staff of eight full-timers. "The staff represents all the different voices in comedy." Comedy being what it is, some performers occasionally go off script or improvise, but that just adds to the energy. Patterson says the key is that each person onstage is using their own voice instead of reading someone else's words. "You could look at the writing as a challenge -- they're all going to do their own thing -- but I don't," she says. "The best thing to happen to awards shows is that they're just going to get up there without any of the uncomfortable filler."
That unpredictability and spontaneity isn't always a live-TV producer's friend, but they give the telecast an edge -- even if it means enduring a few barbs, says executive producer and awards-show veteran Don Mischer. "We had a lot of humor made at the expense of the show (last year)," Mischer says. "It gave it an honest feeling." Mischer admits that not airing live takes some of the pressure off him, but if last year is any indication, it also gives Comedy Central time to bleep out the inevitable expletives. One other potential pitfall the Comedy Awards expertly sidesteps is the dull acceptance speech. "(Speeches are) something as a producer that you have absolutely no control over," Mischer says. "(At the Comedy Awards), they really want to score in this room that's full of their peers, and that adds to the entertainment value"
Although the show airs May 6, about a week after the industry's funniest gather at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, Mischer says he and director Beth McCarthy-Miller still present the show as if it were live. "We care very much about how it plays in the room. We don't create anything in editing. We give viewers what happened in the room," Mischer says, adding that the show usually runs eight-10 minutes longer than its air length to allow for minor tightening.
Patterson says participation from the comedy community is even greater this year, which is probably thanks to the three years of planning she and her team put into developing the voting process. "It took a very long time to get everybody on board," she says. "When they bought in, they bought in in a big way and they fully participate. There's a lot of very healthy debate about how to build this franchise." The end product is a prize of its own, says Comedy Central prexy Michele Ganeless: "Having the ability to consistently make people laugh is a really specific talent, and it's great to be able to reward that."
Maryt wrote:From Gossip Cop - a response to the latest garbage from In Touch:CLAIM: <A HREF='http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/celebrity/?celeb=Jennifer Aniston' target='_blank'>Jennifer Aniston</A> “Crushed” That She’s Not Engaged to Justin Theroux
Truth rating: 1
Rather than admit past mistakes, In Touch just digs itself deeper.
For months, the tabloid has published baseless stories about <A HREF='http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/celebrity/?celeb=Jennifer Aniston' target='_blank'>Jennifer Aniston</A> and Justin Theroux, wrongly claiming that they’d entered couples therapy, that he was battling Brad Pitt, and that she had instituted a “sex ban.”
Aniston was also either set to adopt a baby or pregnant, depending on what the magazine felt like fabricating in any given week.
None of these reports was true, nor was In Touch’s conviction that Theroux “dumped” Aniston over the holidays or the claim (months later) that she was controlling his meals and hair.
Now the clueless tab is running a big splashy story about Aniston being upset over Pitt’s engagement to Angelina Jolie and devastated that Theroux has not proposed by their one-year anniversary.
“Jen wishes Brad nothing but the best, but she’s still crushed that he’s engaged and she isn’t,” explains a so-called “friend.”
The magazine seems to take delight in Aniston’s perceived misfortune, declaring, “One Year Later… No Ring, No Baby!”
In Touch then outlines Aniston’s alleged “sneaky plan” to get Theroux to commit, which involves their co-habitation, working together on another movie, and Aniston impressing Theroux with her “famous friends.”
Look, we understand the easy thing for tabloids to do with the Pitt-Jolie engagement news is to shine a spotlight on Aniston and speculate about how miserable she must be, or to insist that she’s decided to race Jolie to the altar.
But that doesn’t make any of it true.
As Gossip Cop has consistently reported, Aniston and Theroux are happy and doing things at their own pace.
A source close to the actress tells us again that she “moved on” from Pitt years ago and that his nuptials have zero bearing on her own marriage timetable.
Rolling my eyes at all of you and your stupid pregnancy stories yet again. The woman has at least 2 movies, possibly 3, filming this year so why the hell would she go and get knocked up?
ThisMadScientist wrote:Rolling my eyes at all of you and your stupid pregnancy stories yet again. The woman has at least 2 movies, possibly 3, filming this year so why the hell would she go and get knocked up?
Maryt wrote:Rolling my eyes at all of you and your stupid pregnancy stories yet again. The woman has at least 2 movies, possibly 3, filming this year so why the hell would she go and get knocked up?
ThisMadScientist, I'm not saying she's pregnant - because quite frankly I doubt she is, but I fail to see what's eye roll worthy or stupid about the possibility that she would be (other than x17's ridiculous jumping to conclusions). She's long maintained that it's something that she wants, and she and Justin have been together almost a year (have a home together, are living together for months) and are both in their 40s, so if they want to do it (biologically), time is running out. And while she's signed for at least 2 films, maybe 3, signing on doesn't preclude getting pregnant and the plans changing - women in Hollywood sign on for projects all the time despite the possibility that they will be pregnant before the project actually goes into production. Besides, both of Jennifer's confirmed projects aren't filming until the fall from what we've heard (but neither have definite start dates) - and we know they were both originally (and recently) planned to be filmed much sooner. That said, I agree that she's probably not pregnant. I would need to see pretty convincing evidence to believe otherwise at this point given all the false starts on this front.
I wasnt talking directly to you, maryt I was referring to another poster that said she seems to be hiding her body or something. Also, I was just saying that its really annoying how people are always looking at her stomach and judging how "big" it is. Every time she is not photographed for an extended period of time, people start speculating BS. THAT is annoying as hell. How about we all wait until she says she is, then we can talk about it? It really rude and disrespectful to "declare" someone pregnant just because they were wearing what other people deem loose clothing.
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