Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My opinion on Don Cheadle has not changed over the past three Emmy nominations. Here’s a video I did for the Hollywood Reporter two years ago stumping for Cheadle to win (uch) that Emmy.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Oscars and Emmys

It was three years ago when Dan Harmon (Community), Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program) and myself (Rejectedjokes.com) wrote Hugh Jackman’s musical opening number for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. We decided that because of the recession, the musical opening number should have no budget. It was an amazing experience and somehow the three of us came away with Emmys for our work on the Academy Awards. I figured with the Oscars airing tonight, why not repost the Oscar video, the Emmy acceptance speech and an interview I did three years ago for MakingOf about the whole process. Bottom line- Rob Schrab is a creative mastermind and Dan Harmon is a genius. Still to this day, none of this feels real.

81st Academy Awards Opening Number (CLICK HERE FOR FULL OPENING)

Emmy Acceptance Speech

MakingOf Interview

Monday, September 21, 2009

Proof that this Emmy thing is real

Emmy Winner Ben Schwartz

Why the hell is there an Emmy on my sixty dollar IKEA coffee table? What the hell happened tonight?


Friday, August 28, 2009

I Will Take One More of Those Emmy Nominations, Thank You Very Much

A series of lovely people lended a helping hand and fixed the Emmy nomination for best song so that I am now included. Which means, I have officially been nominated for TWO EMMYS. It still makes no sense to me. I could not be more excited. Thank you to everyone who helped out. Here are the categories to look out for. One takes place during the Creative Arts Emmys, the other takes place on the Prime Time Emmys.


OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS

 

 

81st Annual Academy AwardsSong Title: Hugh Jackman Opening NumberABCAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

William Ross, Original Music

John Kimbrough, Original Music

Dan Harmon, Original Lyrics

Rob Schrab, Original Lyrics

Ben Schwartz, Original Lyrics

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL

81st Annual Academy AwardsABCAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Jon Macks, Writer

Jenny Bicks, Writer

Bill Condon, Writer

John Hoffman, Writer

Phil Alden Robinson, Writer

Bruce Vilanch, Writer

Dan Harmon, Special Material Written By

Rob Schrab, Special Material Written By

Ben Schwartz, Special Material Written By

Joel Stein, Special Material Written By

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Now it’s “Emmy Nominated” Ben Schwartz

This morning I got nominated for ONE to TWO Emmy Awards!!! Both of which are for writing for a different awards show…which is hilarious! For some weird reason, they forgot to put my name on one of the nominations along side the other Oscar opening number writers but hopefully it’ll all get fixed before the days over. Either way, I am so excited and grateful to everyone who made it possible! Here are the categories I was nominated in:


OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL

81st Annual Academy AwardsABCAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 

Jon Macks, Writer 

Jenny Bicks, Writer 

Bill Condon, Writer 

John Hoffman, Writer 

Phil Alden Robinson, Writer 

Bruce Vilanch, Writer 

Dan Harmon, Special Material Written By 

Rob Schrab, Special Material Written By 

Ben Schwartz, Special Material Written By

Joel Stein, Special Material Written By


Chris Rock - Kill The MessengerHBOChris Rock Enterprises and Funny Business in association with HBO Entertainment

Chris Rock, Writer


Louis C.K.: Chewed UpShowtimeImage Entertainment / Art & Industry

Louis CK, Writer

Ricky Gervais: Out Of England — The Stand-Up SpecialHBOMoffitt Lee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Ricky Gervais, Writer


Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. BushHBOGary Sanchez Productions, Funny Business in association with HBO Entertainment

Will Ferrell, Writer


OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS

81st Annual Academy AwardsSong Title: Hugh Jackman Opening NumberABCAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

William Ross, Original Music

John Kimbrough, Original Music

Dan Harmon, Original Lyrics

Rob Schrab, Original Lyrics

This is where we should have put Ben Schwartz, Original Lyrics. Hopefully will get fixed by the end of the day. - Dr. Oscar


A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of AllSong Title: Much Worse ThingsComedy CentralSpartina Productions

Adam Schlesinger, Music By

David Javerbaum, Lyrics By


A Muppets Christmas: Letters To SantaSong Title: I Wish I Could Be Santa ClausNBCMuppets Productions in association with The Walt Disney Studios

Paul Williams, Original Songs By


Flight Of The ConchordsUnnatural Love / Song Title: Carol BrownHBODakota Pictures and Comedy Arts in association with HBO Entertainment

James Bobin, Composer and Lyricist

Bret McKenzie, Composer and Lyricist

Jemaine Clement, Composer and Lyricist


Saturday Night LiveHost: Justin Timberlake / Song Title: MotherloverNBCSNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video

Akiva Schaffer, Lyrics By

Jorma Taccone, Lyrics By

Andy Samberg, Lyrics By

Justin Timberlake, Lyrics By

Asa Taccone, Music By

Drew Campbell, Music By


The 2008 ESPYSSong Title: I Love SportsESPNBTW Productions in association with ESPN

Katreese Barnes, Composer

Justin Timberlake, Lyricist

Steve Higgins, Lyricist

Alex Baze, Lyricist

Rachel Hamilton, Lyricist

Kevin Miller, Lyricist

Jonathan Drubner, Lyricist

Dave Drabik, Lyricist

Monday, February 23, 2009

Standing O

I was one of three writers who created this opening musical number for the Oscars. The whole experience was amazing and surreal. Hugh Jackman, who might be the nicest man in the universe, absolutely nailed it. Someone came in to film us backstage while Hugh was performing the number so there is terribly embarrassing footage of me and the two other writers jumping up and down for joy when the audience gave the piece a standing ovation. Unbelievable. If the video below doesn’t work you can watch it here- HUGH JACKMAN’S ACADEMY AWARD CEREMONY OPENING NUMBER.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Oscar, Oscar!

A few weeks ago, I was hired as one of Hugh Jackman’s writers for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. So…in what has to be the most ridiculous plug I have ever done, I encourage you to watch the Oscars this Sunday and FALL IN LOVE with anything Hugh Jackman says or does. Make sure to fall DEEPLY IN LOVE with the opening number. Thanks kindly.