Amy Schumer and John Oliver join fellow Comedy Central cohorts Jon Stewart and Key & Peele as Peabody Award Winners. The Peabody Awards are given annually for various media. “The single criteria for receiving a Peabody Award is excellence,” says its website. Unlike the Oscars or Emmys, there are no set number of winners each year and there are no categories. Television shows, radio broadcasts, documentaries and online media are considered by the judging panel.
Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer was unanimously recognized by the committee for being “smart, distinctively female and amiably profane.” It’s perfect timing for Schumer, whose Emmy-nominated sketch series returns for season 3 on April 21 and stars in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck this summer.
John Oliver followed in the footsteps of his mentor Jon Stewart by winning a Peabody Award for his HBO satire program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Rather than simply satirizing the previous week’s news, the Peabody Awards acknowledged the new HBO series as “a most worthy addition to the news-as-comedy genre.” Oliver learned the genre from arguably the best in the business with his many years at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Although a comedy series, the committee advises real news programs to emulate the show’s “feisty investigative reports.”
Previous Peabody Award winners include Louie, Girls, South Park and The Colbert Report. The 74th Annual Peabody Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 31. The ceremony, hosted by past award winner Fred Armisen, will be broadcast on Pivot TV on June 21.
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