Louis C.K. on Sunday snagged two of the seven Emmys for which he was nominated– one for his critically-loved FX show Louie (Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series) and one for his self-produced, self-released stand-up comedy special Live at the Beacon Theatre (Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special). It all went down during ABC’s broadcast of the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. “This is great, this is nice. Two is weird and excessive, but I’m happy,” C.K. said in the Emmys press room, reports Nikki Finke. ““I’m better than I was before. Hopefully I’ll be better later too. Hopefully what I am doing now won’t be considered that good later. I just keep trying to get better…Older people are smarter and funnier.”
And as expected, the hugely popular ABC series Modern Family came away a big winner in the comedy categories, claiming a victory for Outstanding Comedy Series, which they won last year. This year, they beat out Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, 30 Rock, Veep and The Big Bang Theory. Modern Family castmembers also claimed wins in the categories of Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (Eric Stonestreet), Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series (Julie Bowen) and Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series (Steve Levitan).
Jon Cryer landed the title of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his work on Two And A Half Men, beating out Larry David, Jim Parsons (last year’s winner), Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin. Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her starring role on the freshman HBO comedy Veep, beating out Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy. It was Louis-Dreyfus’ 13th lifetime Emmy nomination!
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won the trophy for Outstanding Variety Series; it was their 10th consecutive year. The show beat out fellow Comedy Central series The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. During his acceptance speech, Stewart even poked fun at the fact the show’s won so many Emmys, dropping the F-bomb (though the censors caught it). Talking about aliens who will inhabit the Earth after humans become extinct, he said they’ll “find a box of these and they will find out just how predictable these f—-g things can be.”
I’m sure there will be plenty of Emmy video available in the morning, which we’ll share with you. For now, enjoy a collection of comedy world photos from tonight’s festivities.