Emmy, Grammy Voters Agree On Louis C.K.
Seven months after winning a Grammy for Best Comedy Album for Hilarious, Louis C.K. won two Emmys: one for his FX comedy series Louie a second for his comedy special, Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre.
The 45-year old comedian is the first person to win a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and an Emmy in any category in the same calendar year since Stephen Colbert enjoyed the double victory in 2010. Colbert won an Emmy that year for writing for his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report; a Grammy for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!
Bill Cosby achieved this double victory four years running, from 1966 through 1969. He won three consecutive Emmys for his work on I Spy and a fourth for The Bill Cosby Special. He won Grammys in those four years for his best-selling albums Why Is There Air, Wonderfulness, Revenge and To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With.
Four other performers each achieved this feat once. In 1971, Flip Wilson won two Emmys for The Flip Wilson Show and a Grammy for his gold album The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress. In 1988, Robin Williams won an Emmy for his performance in ABC Presents A Royal Gala and a Grammy for A Night At The Met.
In 1999, Mel Brooks won an Emmy for his recurring role on Mad About You and a Grammy for a reunion album with Carl Reiner, The 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000. In 2005, Jon Stewart won two Emmys for his work on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and a Grammy for his spin-off album, America: A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction.
Eight other performers won both a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and an Emmy in any category, but they didn't pick them both up in the same calendar year. They are: Mike Nichols, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Jonathan Winters, Al Franken, Chris Rock and Carl Reiner.