The end of the year is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about the Australian Tumbleweeds, the accolade no one in comedy wants to win. As usual, we’d like your thoughts about categories.
Of course, we could just present awards in the same categories as last year – Australian comedy 2010 has contained pretty much the same mix of insultingly poor dross, gut-wrenching disappointments, comedic landfill and the odd success as Australian comedy 2009. But then, in a year when sketch shows were virtually non-existent, when more and more comedians were making comedy exclusively for the web, and when networks were dishing up a plethora of “event comedies” themed around the Federal Election or major sporting events, it’s probably worth refreshing our list of categories.
So for the next two weeks we’re asking for your thoughts on this year’s categories (see below for last year’s list). What stays? What goes? And what gets a slight name change and a hastily-applied lick of paint? You decide. Post your comments or e-mail us. The categories will be announced on 15th November, and then award nominations will begin.
Australian Tumbleweeds awards categories 2009
WORST NEW COMEDY
WORST ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY
WORST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
WORST GAME OR PANEL SHOW
WORST SKETCH SHOW
WORST OVERALL COMEDY
WORST OVERALL CHANNEL/NETWORK FOR COMEDY
WORST RADIO COMEDY
WORST RADIO PERSONALITY
WORST PODCAST OR CD
WORST BOOK OR ITEM OF SPIN-OFF MERCHANDISE
MOST USELESS PANEL / TALKSHOW GUEST
THE ROBERT FIDGEON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR WORST CRITIC
MOST OVER-RATED COMEDY
MOST UNNECESSARILY OVER-EXPOSED COMEDIAN(S)
LEAST HOPED-FOR RETURN
MOST DISAPPOINTING COMEDY
MOST DISAPPOINTING COMEDIAN
THE ‘PISSING ON THEIR LEGACY’ AWARD
MOST IRRITATING OR POINTLESS CAMEO
MOST BLATANT PLAGIARISM
THE ‘MORE EFFORT INTO THEIR HAIRSTYLES THAN THEIR COMEDY’ AWARD
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CRAP COMEDY
BEST NEW COMEDY
I think they are all champagne quality. Can’t wait for nominations.
The Anthony Ackrudd Memorial Award for Shallowest Political Coverage?
Maybe also “Best Non-Appearance” for Swift & Shift season 2.
The funniest Island award for most ill thought out live production.
The Sam Simmons Memorial Award for confusing noise with comedy.
Can we rename the ‘Best Comedy’ award to the ‘FFS can we Just give it to Clarke and Dawe already award’.