Off beat musical stand-up comedians and now television stars Flight of the Conchords dominated the Emmy award nominations, announced today, snagging six nominations for their incredibly popular HBO series.
The New Zealand outfit will face off against other comedian types in the categories of Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama series. Jemaine Clement even got a nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Conchords’ song, “Carol Brown” is in the running for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.
For his newest hour special, Chewed Up, Louis CK was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. The interesting thing here is that he’s up against two of his best friends in the same category: Chris Rock for Kill the Messenger and Ricky Gervais for Out of England– both HBO specials. ”It’s an honor to be nominated alongside of Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, Will Ferrell and the 2008 Academy Awards presentation on ABC,” says C.K. “I really, really like Emmys. I hope I get one.”
Finally in the stand-up comedy world, Sarah Silverman earned a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the second season of Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program.
The 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be aired live on Sept. 20 at 8 pm EST on CBS.