Morris From America, Swiss Army Man, and The Intervention Win at 2016 Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition
Yes, what’s been described as the farting corpse movie won an award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
In fact, plenty of news outlets reported of numerous walk outs during the screening of Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, which does indeed feature farting corpses. Those walk outs didn’t stop directors Daniel Scheinhart and Daniel Kwan from winning a directing award.
The cross country coming-of-age story Morris From America featuring Markees Christmas, who got his start at Channel 101, was honored with the Waldo Screenwriting Award (given to writer Chad Hartigan) and Special Jury Award for Individual Performance for Markees.
Dramedy, The Intervention, also got a Special Jury Award for Individual Performance that went to Melanie Lynskey.
Hopefully, all of these films will get a much wider distribution than the typical limited indie release and we’ll all have a chance to go see what was the talk of Park City.
Watch Amy Schumer’s GLAMOUR Trailblazer Award Acceptance Speech That’s Heartfelt and Goes Very Blue
See the type of fun you can have when you don’t put awards shows on a telecast?
Amy Schumer continues making 2015 her year with not only a GLAMOUR magazine Trailblazer Award win, but a speech that hits home why she won. She stands up for women, body positivity, breaking down stereotypes and does all of that while saying something that many standards and practices departments would have a field day with.
Watch Amy’s speech here.
“Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Louie”, “Last Week Tonight”, “High Maintenance” More Win at WGA Awards
The 2015 WGA Awards were handed out last night and the field of winners seems to be raising the least amount of snub talk this awards season. This might have something to do with critical powerhouses like Grand Budapest Hotel and Louie won as well as well-received upstarts like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and High Maintenance on Vimeo winning statues.
Here’s all the comedy winners for this year’s WGA Awards:
–The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness-Original Screenplay
–Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.-Comedy Series, Episodic Comedy
–High Maintenance, Written by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair-Short Form New Media
–The Simpsons, “Brick Like Me”, Written by Brian Kelley-Animated
–Last Week Tonight, Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk)-Series
–71st Annual Golden Globes Awards, Written by Barry Adelman; Special Material by Alex Baze, Dave Boone, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jon Macks, Sam Means, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Mike Shoemaker-Comedy/Variety-Music, Awards, Tributes-Specials
–How I Met Your Mother, Written by Dan Greenberger-On-Air Promotion (TV, New Media, or Radio)
See the full list of winners here.
Iñárritu and Soloway Win at DGA Awards
Comedy continues to fare quite well this awards season with movies like Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Grand Budapest Hotel as well as shows like Transparent leading the way.
Last night The Directors Guild of America handed out their annual awards and Alejandro González Iñárritu took home the DGA Award for Feature Film and his work on Birdman while Jill Soloway took home the award for Comedy Series and her work on Transparent.
Hopefully, the ceiling for comedy getting notoriety during awards seasons is slowly cracking.
See the full list of DGA Awards winners for this year here.
Channel 101 Does One Hell of An Awards Show Intro
Annually, Channel 101 holds the Channy Awards recognizing excellence within the vast community that is now Channel 101, the ongoing collective of non televised short form TV shows founded by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab.
With that in mind, the latest Channy Awards intro speaks to that spirit of being funny, innovative, niche (you might want to watch this year’s shows at Channel 101 to get all the jokes), and, unfortunately non-televised.
LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival Recap: Days 3 and 4 + Awards
After well over 100 comedy short films have graced the screen of the Downtown Independent Theater, complete with plenty of laughter and applause, The 4th Annual LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival has come to a close. The blocks of films from days 3 and 4 along with the fascinating panels of comedy stars and comedy new media (Funny or Die, College Humor, and more) rounded out the second half of the festival just as well as the first half. On top of that, the festival had a legitimate awards ceremony hosted by Alonzo Bodden worthy of much bigger film festivals such as Tribeca, as presenter David Higgins (The Wrong Guy) initially “thought” it was when presenting an award.
Here’s a quick rundown of what happened for days 3 and 4 and the awards presentation:
-The “short” short (under 5 min.) still proved to be the crowd favorites as well as some of the films we enjoyed the most. Christopher Larsen’s Jesus Doppelganger (a man has to decide which Jesus to shoot) and Jeremy Brull’s Honourable Discharge (a infantry man’s fiance gets the worst news she could get) played their one joke brilliantly to uproarious laughter.
-Many of the shorts nailed the note of sheer absurdity. Award winner Speruchet Pan Tournegos by Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, and Scott Yacyshyn, a sort-of absurd revenge action pho-drama, was intentionally done in a completely made-up language (we apologize in advance if it was an obscure Eastern European dialect that was being spoken). Frequent character in Christopher Guest films John Michael Higgins played an absolutely ridiculous cross-dressing therapist in Dave Rock’s very funny People People. Matt Smulker’s Hiccup also deserves a mention here for leading the audience down that path of a road movie that stops abruptly at the out-of-nowhere twist, which we’re not going to give away (just trust us, it was damn funny).
-There was a celebrity panel on Saturday morning of Carlos Alazraqui, EG Daily, Niecy Nash, John Michael Higgins, and Yeardley Smith, which was especially fascinating considering John Michael Higgins revealed that he wasn’t a big fan of doing improv and Yeardley Smith has been acting right out of high school all the way to her current job on The Simpsons.
-At the new media panel, featuring Funny or Die, College Humor, Fremantle Media, and Break Media, it was absolutely startling and engrossing to hear that they all collectively fear agents and unions more so than CISPA or SOPA.
–Other memorable quotes from the New Media Panel:
“We hope to contribute something to it and the story to hopefully make it not so much about dick jokes, when it’s really about boob jokes.” –Matt Johnson, Fremantle Media, Atomic Wedgie TV
“I know how to make a viral video: fake celebrity sex videos.” –Ally Hord, Funny or Die
“We’re hoping the over-40 demographic will die real soon. It’s a big part of our business plan.” –Spencer Griffin, College Humor
-We heard Funny or Die on HBO is in season 3 of production and the second season of Billy on the Street on FUSE is on its way.
-Something you probably won’t get to see at many other film festivals that was great to see at LA Comedy Shorts was webisodes. David Morgasen’s David Blaine’s Street Magic (spoof of Blaine’s street magic), Hayden Black’s Goodnite Burbank (an attempt at local news in Burbank out of a garage), and Jon Stahl’s Teechers (The Office meets an elementary school) [which should be a web series] gave a great look into the possibilities reality of episodic comedy on the web.
-Dark comedy had an interesting showing during the festival. Both Bob Ray’s Sacked and Darrell C. Hazelrig’s The Dark Companion really walked the line quite cleverly of not being a gritty drama by having puppets be the subject to psychological afflictions or gruesome murder and revenge. James Logan’s Terminator: Termination also pulled the humor off quite well by its spoof of Terminator featuring a toy robot.
–The Winners of the 2012 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival Awards
Commie Award (Honorary Award in Comedic Excellence)-Scott Thompson
Best Comedy Short Script-Mary & Louise-Amy Staats
Best Half-Hour Pilot-Rooster & Sons-Drew Mackintosh
Best Comedy Feature Script-White’s Trash-Gregory Porter
Best Animated Comedy Short-Stuper Powers-Rise of the Chipmunk-Greg Bro
Best Comedy Student Film-Mr. Bear-Andres Rosende
Best Comedy Short Shortie (5 min. and under)-Comedy Jam-Bryan Robbins
Best Comedy Short-Speruchet Pan Tournegos by Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, and Scott Yacyshyn
Audience Award-Thugs the Musical-Kevin Avery
State Tax Credit Exchange’s Best of Fest-The Immigrant-Josh Levy
Last Chance to Vote for the Scoomies!!!
That’s right folks, forget about the top of the comedy world giving itself a high five at the Comedy Awards, vote for the up n’ comers trying to cut in the LA comedy scene by Mon. Mar. 28th, specifically at the long standing Westwood Brew Co. Open Mic for the Scoomies. Send votes to Vance Sanders via Facebook message after the link.
Here’s the ballot:
1. Jewiest Non-Jew
2. Best Newcomer
3. Most Prolific
4. The Facebook Award
5. Best Anger
6. Too Much Information Award
8. More Open Mics in a Week Than You Do in a Month
9. The Heavy Meta Award
10. Most Distinctive Laugh
11. Most Twitter in Set
12. Best Cornell Reid-Like Outfit
13. Best Husband
14. Best Wife
15. The Hair Award – Head or Facial
16. Most Likely to Replace Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men”
17. Most Gendered
18. Surprised to Find Yourself Sexually Attracted to Them
19. Warmest, Kindest, Lovingest Care Bear Award
20. Best Writer
21. Always Makes Me Laugh Guy ( Vote for 3)
22. Always makes me laugh Lady( Vote for 3)
23. Favorite Joke or Routine( Vote for 3)