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Grammys 2012: Best Comedy Album Nominees (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/ 2/2011 4:00 pm   Updated: 02/12/2012 8:04 pm

The nominees for the next annual Grammy awards in Feb. 2012 have been announced, and this year the category of Best Comedy Album has some impressive contenders.

Compared to the Grammy committee's questionable comedy choices in the past, LaughSpin's Dylan P. Gadino is calling this year's nominees, which include Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Kathy Griffin and The Lonely Island, "The best list the Grammy folks have come up with in recent years."

And we're inclined to agree. With C.K. and Oswalt both releasing solid albums once again this year, Yankovic having triumphantly made his comeback and The Lonely Island having compiled all the consistently hilarious songs they make famous on "SNL" all year, we feel any of them could take home the prize. Griffin, while not without her large Bravo fan base, doesn't strike us as a frontrunner considering that she didn't technically release an album -- the audio recording of her Bravo special is being considered.

Learn more about this year's nominees in the slideshow below, and below that find HuffPost Comedy's previously published guide to new comedy albums in 2011. Should one or more of them have made it on the Grammys' list? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Louis C.K. - 'Hilarious'
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When he's not being hilarious on his critically acclaimed FX series "Louie," Louis C.K. is taking issue with how un-hilarious the world is (in a hilarious way, of course). In his fifth live-recorded album, C.K. takes on getting older, fatherhood, the stupid things we think and say and the depressing task that is taking a sexual inventory. The DVD accompanying the album shows the C.K. we all know and love, in his requisite black T-shirt and jeans, but you only need the audio to howl with laughter at this awesome hour-long set.
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Marc Maron's "This Has To Be Funny"
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Who? Marc Maron may be best known for his podcast "WTF" these days (and hopefully, even a TV show based on it), but stand-up fans have known him since the early '90s when he was one of the first "alternative" comedians of the era. "This Has To Be Funny" is the fourth CD of Maron's stand-up, which chronicles his internal struggles in the face of relationships, the Creation Museum and his cats.

For Fans Of: Bill Hicks, Richard Lewis, "This American Life"

Stand-Out Track: "I Didn't Know How To Love You"

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