Emmy, Grammy Voters Agree On Louis C.K.

Paul Grein
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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.

Louis C.K. received a remarkable seven Emmy nominations this year—three for his series Louie and four for Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre.  He won for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special. The weekly series debuted in June 2010.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was named Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for a record-setting 10th year in a row. The show's iron-grip on the award has been exactly twice as long as that of Late Night With David Letterman, which took the award the five years immediately prior to Stewart's reign.

By contrast, Ryan Seacrest lost for the 10th year in a row for his work on American Idol. Seacrest was nominated for Outstanding Host For A Reality or Reality-Competition Program, but lost to Tom Bergeron of Dancing With The Stars. The four previous years, he lost to Jeff Probst of Survivor. The five years before that (when the Emmys didn't have a separate category for Outstanding Host), he was nominated, along with the rest of the Idol team, in the category of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. While Seacrest has yet to win an Emmy for the show that made him a household name, he won an Emmy two years ago as an executive producer of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.

Composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died on Aug. 6, was included in the annual In Memoriam montage. His wistful 1973 ballad "The Way We Were" was used as underscoring for the segment (though the producers inexplicably didn't use Barbra Streisand's classic recording of the song). The In Memoriam spot included a large number of music personalities, including Davy Jones, Heavy-D, Don Cornelius, Dick Clark, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer.

One of the highlights of the Emmy show was a deft parody of the always touching, but formulaic, In Memoriam segment. Josh Groban provided the musical underscoring for the spot, singing a slow, mock-sincere version of One Direction's breezy, boy-band ditty "What Makes You Beautiful."