A new audio documentary from SiriusXM seeks to tell the history of the comedy at the Grammys. The documentary, called Obsessive Comedy Disorder: The 60 Year History of the Comedy Grammy Award will feature commentary from Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, D.L. Hughley, Weird Al Yankovic, Fred Armisen, and Kelly Carlin. The documentary will premiere February 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Comedy Greats channel 94.
Comedy producer Dan Pasternack hosts the documentary. Pasternack is known for his work on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and hipster darling Portlandia. Obsessive Comedy Disorder will take a look at the 60-year history of comedy awards at the Grammys.
Grammys history with comedy examined in SiriusXM documentary
The Grammys first started celebrating comedy performances in 1959 when they gave the award for Best Comedy Performance to Ross Bagdasarian Sr. for The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late). Many nominees in the first year were for comedic songs, but among the nominees was the standup comedy album The Future Lies Ahead by Mort Sahl. In 1968, the name of the category changed to Best Comedy Recording and again in 1992 to Best Comedy Album. After a short stint as a spoken-word category, the award changed back in 2004 to Best Comedy Album.
Many comedy legends have won a Grammy for their comedy including Bob Newhart, five-time winner George Carlin, Richard Pryor (three years in a row in the mid-70s and again two years in a row in the 1980s,) Robin Williams, Rodney Dangerfield, and Sam Kinison. From 1965 to 1970, convicted sex criminal Bill Cosby won every year. The documentary will cover so much more about the awards and the comedians who won them.
Dave Chappelle nominated for Best Comedy Album Grammy after winning last year
The Grammy Awards will announce this year’s winners February 10. This year’s nominees for Best Comedy Album include Gaffigan, Armisen, Patton Oswalt, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock. Gaffigan was nominated last year and Chappelle won the 2018 award for his special The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas. This year he’s nominated for Equanimity & The Bird Revelation, which though released in 2017 came out during the Grammys qualifying period. A re-air of the documentary is set for February 10 as well.
Another original audio documentary released on SiriusXM back in October titled Robin Williams: A Life in Comedy as part of a special week of programming focusing on the career of the late comedy icon.
SiriusXM released two previews of the documentary in which Silverman recalled a meeting with Williams inside a comedy club when she was only 13-years-old. She also gushed about her love of Mork and Mindy and her thoughts on why so few women have received a Grammy in this category.
Maybe the documentary will explain why Kathy Griffin has been nominated so many times.