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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