The Peabody Award nominations are out and many comedies have made the cut this year. The Peabody Award jurors announced 60 nominees on Tuesday that are described as representing “the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2018.”
Named for George Foster Peabody, the awards started in the 1940s as an award to honor excellence in storytelling for radio. This year, 19 jurors selected the nominees from over 1,200 entries from television, podcasts, radio, and the web. The organization will announce the 30 winners beginning next week. Winners will then enjoy a red carpet event hosted by Ronan Farrow on May 18 in New York City.
The awards are broken into seven categories: Children’s & Youth, Documentaries, Entertainment, News, Public Service, Web, and Radio/Podcasts. The Entertainment category boasts a wide selection of comedy TV. Out of the 14 entertainment nominees, eight are comedies. The entertainment nominees this year include Atypical, Barry, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Random Acts of Flyness, The End of the F***ing World, The Good Place, This Close, and the stand-up special Hannah Gadsby: Nanette. It’s worth noting that four of those nominees are Netflix productions. The streaming giant boasts three other nominees in other categories.
Comedies are welcome at the Peabody Awards
The Good Place won a Peabody Award last year, but the rest of the nominees are first-timers. However, Hasan Minhaj won last year, not for his topical weekly Patriot Act, but for his comedy special Homecoming King, also produced by Netflix.
Out of the eight entertainment nominees last year, only one, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, was not a comedy. Notable honorees from last year include Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Saturday Night Live, Insecure, American Vandal, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Comedies are often represented among the award winners.
Children’s animated comedy Steven Universe also earned a nomination in its category.
Other entertainment nominees for the Peabody include Killing Eve (which was just renewed by BBC), My Brilliant Friend, Homecoming, Pose, and The Americans.
You can see the full list of this year’s nominees here.