Chuck Lorre honored for contributions to TV comedy

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Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre

Award-winning tele­vi­sion cre­ator, writer and pro­ducer Chuck Lorre will receive the 2012 Sir Peter Usti­nov Com­edy Award on Tues­day, June 12 at Alberta’s Banff World Media Festival.

The Usti­nov Award rec­og­nizes a cre­ative tal­ent that has made an out­stand­ing comedic con­tri­bu­tion to the media indus­try, with past hon­orees includ­ing John Cleese, Mar­tin Short, Kelsey Gram­mer, Rick Mer­cer, Ricky Ger­vais and 2011’s recip­i­ent, James Burrows.

Beyond his work on hit live-action com­edy series, Lorre, 59, has writ­ten for many ani­mated shows, and com­posed the theme song for Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles (1996). He wrote for such car­toon shows as Heath­cliff & the Catil­lac Cats and Pole Posi­tion (both 1984), MASK (1985) and Lit­tle Clowns of Hap­py­town (1987). He also com­posed for The Cal­i­for­nia Raisin Show (1989), Barn­yard Com­man­dos (1990) and The Toxic Cru­saders (1991).

For the past 20 years, Lorre has deliv­ered such hit shows as Grace Under Fire, Dharma & Greg, Roseanne, Mike & Molly and Cybill. He co-created the block­buster com­edy series Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang The­ory — which rank as the #1 and #2 come­dies, respec­tively, among total view­ers on all of United States tele­vi­sion (net­work and off-network).

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