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Eddie Murphy Receives the Comedy Icon Award at 'The Comedy Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:43AM
Eddie Murphy wins Icon Award, 'The Comedy Awards'Tracy Morgan was a little bitter at 'The Comedy Awards' (Sun., 9PM ET on Comedy Central) that he didn't win an award. "I can't win a comedy award at a comedy show," he said.

But he was honored to be presenting the first Comedy Icon Award to the comedian who inspired him to begin his own career in that field: Eddie Murphy.

"I love this man, and I recently found out he's my biological father," Morgan said in introducing Murphy.

Murphy was clearly moved by the award, accepting it despite dubbing it "an old man award." After 35 years in comedy, Murphy may be ready to accept himself as an old man, but we're not so sure. He looks the same as he did when we first met him on 'Saturday Night Live' in 1980.

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Jon Cryer Previews His Hardcore Rap Album on 'The Comedy Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:21AM
Jon Cryer, 'The Comedy Awards'"Lately I've had some free time," Jon Cryer admitted to laughter on 'The Comedy Awards' (Sun., 9PM ET on Comedy Central). "Maybe as a reaction to some of the recent events in my life, I've been looking for a way to express myself."

The 'Two and a Half Men' actor then revealed that he'd been working on a new album and gave the crowd a sneak peek. What followed was a hardcore rap song based on the idea that "Jon Cryer will f*** you up!"

The lyrics suggested Cryer may have dipped into Charlie Sheen's tiger blood to channel his own inner crazy, but the performance was hilarious.

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David Letterman Receives the Johnny Carson Award on 'The Comedy Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:04AM
Bill Murray & David Letterman, 'The Comedy Awards'In a moment that must have been poignant for him, David Letterman became the first recipient of the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence at 'The Comedy Awards' (Sun., 9PM ET on Comedy Central). That he would take home an award named for his idol, and get to do it in front of the very curtain Johnny Carson used on 'The Tonight Show' made it even more special.

But Bill Murray, who presented the award, wouldn't hand over the statue. "Yeah, that's fine. Screw around with it and bust it," he told Murray.

"Everybody knew that if you were in comedy ... the goal was to be on the Johnny Carson show," Letterman said. "I was lucky enough, I actually got to host 'The Tonight Show.' I didn't host it as long as I had hoped."

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Tina Fey at 'Comedy Awards': I Was Crushing Helen Mirren at Acting (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 11th 2011 1:56AM
Tina Fey, 'The Comedy Awards'It was a good night for '30 Rock' and Tina Fey at 'The Comedy Awards' (Sun., 9PM ET on Comedy Central). Alec Baldwin won TV Comedy Actor, while Fey picked up a writing award for the show. She took home a second trophy in the Film Comedy Actress category for her work in 'Date Night.'

She inspired a new activity for bored college students across the nation with her acceptance speech for the latter.

"The only thing that I knew for sure while we were making this movie was that I was f****** crushing Helen Mirren at acting," she said. "If you watch 'Date Night' side by side next to 'The Queen,' it's embarrassing for her."

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Stephen Colbert Can't Stand Jon Stewart Winning At 'The Comedy Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 11th 2011 1:45AM
Stephen Colbert & Jon Stewart, 'The Comedy Awards'At the inaugural edition of 'The Comedy Awards' (Sun., 9PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show' picked right up where they left off at the Emmy Awards. Unfortunately, that meant he beat his compatriot in late night on Comedy Central, and Stephen Colbert has had about enough of coming in second.

As Stewart began his acceptance speech, Colbert moved closer and closer, staring him down, until finally--

"Do you wanna say something, Stephen?"

Taking the award, Colbert addressed the crowd. "Every year I sit behind Jon at the Emmys and every year he wins the award ... I always hug and I kiss you and I mean it because you're incredible and I love you, buddy. But tonight, you can go f*** yourself. Get off the stage!"

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Preview: 'The Comedy Awards' on Comedy Central

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 10th 2011 10:30AM
Stpehen Colbert and Jon Stewart on 'The Comedy Awards'
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.

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MTV Networks Launches The Comedy Awards, 'Big Bang Theory' Star to Guest on 'Entourage' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 10th 2011 6:15PM
Comedy Central logoBe prepared to laugh on April 10, when five MTV Networks channels air the first-ever Comedy Awards.

MTV Networks and Comedy Central are launching a new award ceremony to honor all things funny. According to the press release, "the year's best comedy actors, films, television series and digital content" will be singled out, and awards will go to writers, directors, actors and "pioneering legends."

The nominees will be hand-picked by a board of directors, which includes James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten and Phil Rosenthal, among others.

The ceremony, which will be taped March 26, will air on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite.

In other TV news ...

Speculation about the end of 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' may have been premature. A spokesperson for TLC said no decision has been made yet. [The Hollywood Reporter]

'Wipeout' would love for 'Modern Family' star Jesse Tyler Ferguson to compete on the show. The actor said a few months ago that he'd love to appear, and 'Wipeout' producers say he's welcome anytime. [TVLine]

'The Big Bang Theory' star Johnny Galecki will guest on 'Entourage' next season. He'll play a "tougher" version of himself who might have a dalliance with Eric's love, Sloan. [E! Online]

Showtime's new programming slate performed well last night. 'Californication' had its highest season premiere ever, and the new 'Episodes' held on to 91 percent of the audience for its premiere. 'Shameless' had the network's biggest drama debut in seven years. [THR]

New channel Disney Junior will launch on Feb. 14. The cable network, which targets kids aged 2-7, will replace SoapNet and air lots of new animated fare. [Deadline]

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