Comedy Central's inaugural "Comics to Watch" showcase of new talents will be hosted by Christian Finnegan, with the spotlight put on the following stand-up comedians:
with special guest James Smith
The intent of "Comics to Watch" is for Comedy Central to show support for comedians who have not yet appeared prominently on the network, and showcase them to the rest of the industry. Many of them already have been featured in one way or another here on The Comic's Comic.
HBO might have led all networks in terms of wins at the 2009 Creative Arts Emmys, which were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles and parts of which will be broadcast Sept. 18 on E!, but Lorne Michaels must be smiling more than a lit bit, too, as decisions on shows he executive produces brought home multiple Emmy statuettes of their own.
The Emmys agreed with Michaels' decision to bring Tina Fey back to Saturday Night Live to skewer 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, as well as multiple SNL cameos (and one hosting gig) by Justin Timberlake, awarding Fey and Timberlake with the Outstanding Guest Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series. As executive producer and the guy who helped give Jimmy Fallon a talk show, Michaels also decided to launch Late Night with Jimmy Fallon first as a blog before putting it on the TV, and the blog won the Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. Special shoutout to Sara Schaefer (pictured), Jon Friedman and Cory Cavin for that! Not just because this means writing a comedy blog can win an Emmy, but especially because it did! And Michaels' other SNL spinoff that's not really a spinoff at all but a rather clever sitcom, 30 Rock, took home two Creative Arts Emmys, for Outstanding Casting and Outstanding Picture Editing.
Of course, 30 Rock is also looking to repeat its multiple wins at this Sunday's Primetime Emmys, to be broadcast live on CBS.
But before we get to that, let us toast the other comedians and comedy shows that earned themselves Creative Arts Emmys this year.
Among them: Chris Rock for his HBO stand-up special, Kill The Messenger (writing; picture editing, special) South Park (animated progam); How I Met Your Mother (art direction, multi-camera series); Pushing Daisies (art direction, single-camera series; costumes; makeup, single-camera); Californication (cinematography, half-hour series); United States of Tara (main title design); MADtv (makeup, multi-camera); Entourage and Weed (tied for sound mixing, half-hour); Chuck (stunt coordination); Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog (special class, short-format live-action); and The Simpsons (voice-over, for Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson).