'Captain Coulier' tops comedy shorts fest nods

7:27 PM PST 03/09/2009 by Gregg Kilday, AP

Event also honors Bobcat Goldthwait, Tom Kenny

Lyndon Casey's "Captain Coulier" took the Funny or Die best-of-fest prize at the inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, a four-day fest, which held its closing-night ceremony Sunday at Cinespace in Hollywood.

The event, hosted by Adam Carolla, honored comedian-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, who received the Commie Award, presented by Tom Kenny, who is the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.

More than $40,000 in cash and prizes were awarded.

Joe Wilson's "The Swear Police" captured the Atomic Wedgie best comedy shortie-short prize, Mike Stern's "Distraxion" was named Atom.com best animated comedy short, David McWhirter's "Daryl From OnCar" was named Atom.com best comedy short, and the Atomic Wedgie audience award went to Deb Hiett and Richard Kuhlman's "A Bit of Counseling."

As part of the Movie Magic screenwriter screenplay competition, the winning screenplays were Ted Farnath's "The Rock Thrower," comedy feature, and Austin Sheeley's "Danny Caldwell Goes to Hell," comedy short.
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