Because we can never have too many awards shows, an evening honoring comedy only returns to television next year. According to The Hollywood ReporterNBC chose to reboot the American Comedy Awardswhich will be released in May 2014.
the Comedy Award, which originally aired from 1987 to 2001, will be produced by Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare and will honor achievements in film, television and stand-up comedy. Considering Mischer has won 15 Emmys and has experience directing/producing the Olympics Opening Ceremony, Oscars, and Super Bowl Halftime Show, it looks like we’ll have quite the production. .
“We all like a good laugh and the American Comedy Awards will be full of stunning material from the best comedians in our industry,” said Paul Telegdy (president of alternative and late night programming at NBC), according to THR. “With creative genius Don Mischer at the helm, get ready for a night of great hilarity. No kidding.”
While we all know that the best part of the show will probably be the live entertainment from the comedians themselves (we’re looking at you, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), we thought we’d go ahead and decide who we think , will take home “the Lucy” (the prize, which bears the name of Lucille Ball). Based on the categories from the 2001 ballot and the shows/movies aired from May 2013 until now, here are some of our picks for the winners:
It is the end: While The heat would certainly be a competitor, It is the end received positive attention. The film is full of comedy stars and the premise is beyond hilarious. However, there’s still plenty of time before the awards show airs, and we’re expecting another comedy to smash its way to victory.
Funniest Female Performer in a Motion Picture
Melissa McCarthy: Because we don’t want to leave The heat suspended, we think McCarthy should probably win “the Lucy” for best female performer in a motion picture. Since making her mark in Bridesmaids (even though she starred in several TV shows before the movie came out), McCarthy showed us what she’s made of, and apparently, it’s a big pile of fun bones.
Funniest TV Series
Louis: If we base the winner on what voters usually choose, Louis would probably win the prize. However, we’d be more than happy to see a cult favorite like Development stopped, Philadelphia is always sunnyWhere Community to earn.
Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Lead Role)
Amy Poehler: Yes, there are a lot of funny women doing comedies right now, but it’s time for Poehler to win an award for her performance as Leslie Knope in Parks and recreation. She took on the role of a neurotic counselor and transformed her into a nurturing and lovable woman. who we root for every week.
Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Lead Role)
Andre Braugher: Brooklyn nine-nine might be the new kid on the block this time around, but Braugher has proven he’s up to the task of playing the stern gay captain (who masters deadpan comedy) to Andy Samberg’s juvenile detective. Sure, Louis CK, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert are comedy gold, but we seriously hope Braugher grabs some attention at the awards show.
Funniest Female Standing Cartoon
Chelsea Peretti: Before having a supporting role in Brooklyn nine-nine and before she was a writer for Parks and recreation, Peretti took off as a stand-up comedian. We still have our eyes on Amy Schumer and Kristen Schall, but there’s just something about Peretti that makes us want to hand her all the awards.
The funniest male comic
Undecided: This category simply has way too many suitors and we just can’t decide between anyone. We don’t even know who the top five nominees would be. If we had to guess who would be on the ballot, we’d have to pick Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Marc Maron, and Bill Burr, but seeing as the last time this show aired was 13 years ago, we don’t really know what kind of actors are going to be nominated.
Now, who knows how things will turn out (or who will have a stellar performance) by May 2014, but we can only hope that the American Comedy Awards will come back strong and do justice to the world of comedy, and more importantly, will include some categories for writers because…come on.