NEW YORK, February 1, 2010 – COMEDY CENTRAL Records’ release of Stephen Colbert’s “A Colbert Christmas – The Greatest Gift of All!” was honored with the Grammy Award last night as Comedy Album of the Year. The awards are given by The Recording Academy, established in 1957 to honor excellence in music and recordings.
COMEDY CENTRAL Records released songs from “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”, Stephen Colbert’s one-hour original musical holiday special, as a digital album exclusively on iTunes. A portion of the proceeds from all sales goes to benefit the charity Feeding America. The album features guest artists Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Jon Stewart.
The label has previously won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2007 with “Lewis Black’s The Carnegie Hall Performance.” Prior Grammy nominations for COMEDY CENTRAL Records include Steven Wright’s “I Still Have a Pony,” George Lopez’s “America’s Mexican” and “Tall, Dark & Chicano” and Lewis Black’s “Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues.”
Other previously released recordings by COMEDY CENTRAL Records include: Dane Cook’s double platinum-selling “Retaliation,” Jim Gaffigan’s “King Baby,” Aziz Ansari’s “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening,” D.L. Hughley’s “Notes from the GED Section,” Demetri Martin’s “These Are Jokes,” Mitch Hedberg’s “Do You Believe in Gosh,” Dave Attell’s “Skanks For The Memories” and Nick Swardson’s “Seriously, Who Farted”.
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