Preview: 'The Comedy Awards' on Comedy Central
by Joel Keller, posted Apr 10th 2011 10:30AM
People in the entertainment industry love to give each other awards... except for the folks in the world of comedy.
There could be a couple of reasons for it: Most comedians would rather make fun of awards shows than be a part of one. And with comedians being a generally self-deprecating group, self-back-patting has never been in their DNA. It's probably why there hasn't been any major comedy awards show since 2001, when the American Comedy Awards went kaput after 14 years.
But Comedy Central knows comedy should be rewarded, which is why it's giving out the first annual Comedy Awards tonight at 9PM ET (it airs on Comedy Central, Spike TV, CMT, Logo, TV Land, VH1 and Nick at Nite). Because the ceremony was taped on March 26, there are plenty of live blogs out there to tell you what to expect. Some highlights, and preview clips, after the jump.
Some of what you'll expect to see on 'The Comedy Awards' tonight:
-- David Letterman is the first recipient of the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence, presented by one of his favorite guests, Bill Murray.
-- While presenting the award for Best Late Night Comedy Series, Bruce Willis has fun with the word "f--k."
-- Eddie Murphy gets the first Comedy Icon Award. It's presented by Tracy Morgan, who, as we can see from the clip, is in prime Tracy form:
-- Tina Fey wins a bunch of awards, and when she accepts the acting award for 'Date Night,' she says "The only thing that I knew while making this was that I was f---ing crushing Helen Mirren at acting."
-- Jon Cryer shows what he's been doing with his spare time while Charlie Sheen was infusing himself with tiger blood. 'Jon Cryer Will F--k You Up' could give Rebecca Black a run for her money:
-- Lots of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, of course. What, did you think something other than 'The Daily Show' was going to win a lot of talk show awards?
The point of tonight's awards really isn't about who wins and loses, as we can see by the fact that Comedy Central is freely distributing clips of winners' speeches. It's about celebrating the world of comedy, and the list of stars that they were able to bring to New York for these awards is impressive. Stay tuned for TV Replay clips of the show later tonight.
Tell us: Are you looking forward to 'The Comedy Awards?'
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