Dave Chappelle, Judd Apatow, Kamau Bell: Comedy Brings Home Big Creative Emmys on Night 2 of the Creative Emmy Awards

Emmy Season has officially begun with Saturday and Sunday night’s 2018 Creative Arts Awards. Tiffany Haddish and Katt Williams were the big winners at Saturday Nights awards, and Sunday night there were plenty more comedy creatives taking home Emmys.  The Creative Arts Awards are given prior to the PrimeTime Emmy telecast with most of the categories awarded for technical excellence- editing, sound, casting, music, and last night the coveted Outstanding Variety Special, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, and more all went to the comedy biz.

Dave Chappelle’s gigantic Netflix special Equanimity took the prize last night for Oustanding PreRecorded Variety Special beating out some major competition including Carol Burnett’s 50th Anniversary Special, Carpool Karaoke, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico, and the only other comedy special nominated this year, Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life.

Judd Apatow grabbed an Emmy for his two part masterpiece for HBO, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. The Zen Diaries won for Oustanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special beating that Jim & Andy documentary about Jim Carrey playing Andy Kaufman, a PBS doc about Mr. Rogers, and HBO’s Spielberg. Apatow announced last night that he’s working on another Shandling project. “I’m working on a scrapbook that we are going to put out next year. It will be sad when I don’t have reason to immerse myself in his world,” he said. “I’m very happy people are inspired by him.”

Oustanding Unstructured Reality Program went to W. Kamau Bell’s United Shades of America, which also picked up an award for Outstanding Picture Editing. Bell thanked Anthony Bourdain, saying without Bourdain, United Shades of America would never exist. John Oliver’s team also took home three Creative Emmys- one for Oustanding Writing for a Variety Series, one for Outstanding Interactive Program, and an Emmy for Picture Editing.

Conan got an award for Conan Without Borders, James Corden brought Apple it’s first Emmy for Carpool Karaoke, and RuPaul’s Drag Race took home a bunch of awards too.

But it was Saturday Night Live that dominated the night with six more Creative Arts Emmys rolling in with awards for directing, production design, lighting design, makeup, and technical direction. They also won an award for best original music for the song Come Back Barack which appeared in the episode hosted by Chance the Rapper, and stars Chance, Chris Redd and Kenan Thompson as musical group De-Von-Tre

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL (PRE-RECORDED)
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity • Netflix

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SPECIAL
The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling • HBO
HBO Documentary Films in association with Apatow Productions

OUTSTANDING UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell • CNN

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR AN UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell • Sikhs In America • CNN

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO
HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television

OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE PROGRAM
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR VARIETY PROGRAMMING
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • Border Patrol (segment) • HBO

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
Saturday Night Live • Host: Donald Glover • NBC
SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Don Roy King, Directed by

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR VARIETY, REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES
Saturday Night Live • Host Bill Hader • NBC

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN/LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY SERIES
Saturday Night Live • Host: Kevin Hart • NBC
SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
Saturday Night Live • Host: Chance The Rapper / Song Title: Come Back Barack • NBC

OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A MULTI-CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL (NON-PROSTHETIC)
Saturday Night Live • Host: Tina Fey • NBC

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL FOR A SERIES
Saturday Night Live • Host: Donald Glover • NBC

OUTSTANDING CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA WITHIN AN UNSCRIPTED PROGRAM
CONAN Without Borders • TBS

OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM VARIETY SERIES
Carpool Karaoke: The Series • Apple Music

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR VARIETY, NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAMMING
RuPaul’s Drag Race • 10s Across The Board / Costumes: RuPaul’s gowns • VH1

OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A MULTI-CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL
RuPaul’s Drag Race • 10s Across The Board • VH1

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
RuPaul’s Drag Race • 10s Across The Board • VH1

OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
RuPaul’s Drag Race • VH1

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