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Seinfeld to get The Comedian Award, whatever the hell that is

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 30th 2007 2:43PM
Jerry SeinfeldOn Sunday, HBO will air a special called Jerry Seinfeld: The Comedian Award, where the legendary stand-up comedian and sitcom star will be honored by The Comedy Festival. The host of the special will be CNN's Anderson Cooper, and fellow stand-ups Robert Klein, Chris Rock, and Garry Shandling will be on hand.

Never heard of The Comedian Award? Well, don't feel too bad about that; Jerry is the award's first recipient. And the festival that is honoring Jerry is not the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen nor the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. It's The Comedy Festival, whose second annual edition was held last November in Las Vegas. So I hope Jerry treats this honor with the correct amount of reverence: in other words, none. I'm pretty confident that's exactly what's going to happen; comedians don't take comedy awards that seriously to begin with. Why should they start now?

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Ahh, this show was a pleasure to marinate in. Great to see Klein, Rock and Shandling thoughtfully shmoozing, rather than superimposing their acts onto an "award" show. And dare I say it...I actually learned things/gleaned insights from their conversation. But, Jerry's speech at the end was letter perfect, putting such jive awards precisely in their place with merciless rapier truth, but yet with his genuine sentiments not excised. Different from, and better than, one of those 'Aristocrats'-fest one-upping comedy central "roasts."

April 22 2007 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Didn't they already give this award to him last November? I was in Vegas during the Comedy Festival and I'm pretty sure this has happened already. I opted to go see Bob Saget and Dane Cook during the festival. Don't worry, Dane Cook sucked.

March 30 2007 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

and the award for giving out awards goes to:

enough already

March 30 2007 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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