Turns out Scott Aukerman is having waaaaaaaay more to do with this year’s Emmy Awards than you may think.
“Smaller alternative-comedy sketch shows (Key and Peele, Portlandia, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer and, yes, my show Comedy Bang! Bang!) will never hear their names read by a person wearing a tuxedo – the ultimate show business honor – shut out again by the steamrolling behemoths from late night.”“Their format is a totally different animal.”
As it turns out, the Television Academy was listening, and brought him in to assist with the creation of the new category that recognised sketch shows in their own right. This is the reason why this year you’re seeing shows like Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, Portlandia, and Key & Peele recognised in their own right, whilst in the old variety category shows like Last Week Tonight are now able to be run up against traditional heavyweights like The Daily Show or Letterman.
“Andy Samberg is hosting the Emmys this year, and I’ve known Andy for a while, ever since I was his head writer on the MTV Movie Awards. He’s a huge fan of Comedy Bang! Bang! so he approached me and my head writer, Neil Campbell. I said, ‘If you can take our entire writing staff, we can do it.’ He’s such a big fan of the show that he said yes. So we’re all going to be writing the Emmys this year, which is crazy.”
Now! With all that said, whether this combination proves to be a winner in the Award Show format remains to be seen. Frankly, the Poehler/Fey bar set at the Golden Globes a few years back is a high one to clear.