Last year’s Grammy for Best Comedy Album was won by Weird Al Yankovic for his number-one album “Mandatory Fun.” That was his 10th nomination and third win. There’s no one in this year’s race with such an extensive history in this contest, but there is one previous champ in the running: Louis C.K.
C.K.’s “Live at Madison Square Garden,” which he distributed through louisck.net, earned the popular comedian his third nomination. He previously won in 2011 for “Hilarious” and was nominated again last year for “Oh My God,” when he lost to Yankovic. Will he succeed again with Yankovic out of the way?
Two of his rivals this year are nominated for the second time, and they’re both seeking their first victories. Insult comic Lisa Lampanelli contends for “Back to the Drawing Board,” which is her first nomination since “Dirty Girl” back in 2007; she lost that previous award to “The Distant Future” by Flight of the Conchords. “Drawing Board” originally aired as a comedy special on premium channel Epix.
Then there’s stand-up comedian, talk-show host and Emmy-winning game show host Craig Ferguson for “Just Being Honest,” which is his second nomination in three years, following a 2013 bid for “I’m Here to Help,” which he lost to Kathy Griffin for “Calm Down Gurrl.” Like Lampanelli’s album, “Just Being Honest” was performed as a stand-up special on Epix.
But all three of those past contenders could be overtaken by one of this category’s two newcomers. Jay Mohr is up for “Happy. And a Lot,” which is his first bid even though he’s worked as an actor and comedian for more than two decades. He performed “Happy” on the Showtime Network.
Rounding out the category is former “Daily Show” correspondent Wyatt Cenac for “Brooklyn,” taken from his Netflix special. Though this is his first Grammy nom, he is a three-time Emmy champ for his work as a “Daily Show” writer.
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Louis C.K. photo credit: FX