The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have once again, despite the huge amount of quality stand-up released in 2013, felt it necessary to laud Kathy Griffin in the best comedy album category. It’s the sixth year in a row they’ve done so. Griffin’s album this year Calm Down Gurrl, not unlike many of her previous “albums,” is simply one giant audio track extracted from her most recent stand-up special on Bravo. You can only download it from iTunes and its completely censored with bleeps every time the comedian swears, just like you would’ve heard on basic cable. Griffin has never won in her five previous nominations.
The other albums nominated this year are: Craig Ferguson’s I’m Here to Help, A Little Unprofessional from Ron White, That’s What I’m Talkin’ About from Bob Saget, and Live from Tig Notaro. This is the first nomination for everyone except the self-proclaimed D-Lister. Notaro’s album — which only runs 31 minutes — was actually released in 2012, but was re-released this year with bonus features. The short length won’t hurt her chances, though, since the Academy had no problem doling out Grammys to Stephen Colbert in 2009 for his Christmas “album” (less than 26 minutes of audio taken from a Comedy Central broadcast) and to the Flight of the Conchords for 2008’s The Distant Future, which ran only 23 minutes.