Monday, January 10th, 2011

The Comedy Awards to Finally Give Comedians Their Much-Deserved Meaningless Trophies

Awards shows! Can we ever have too many of them? Hell, if I had my druthers there'd be an entire cable network dedicated to 24 hours a day of celebrity self-congratulation. I mean, these people are heroes. How else can they be validated? I mean, besides the fame and the money, of course.

And now comedians will no longer be left out in the cold by award shows like the Oscars and the Country Music Awards. Comedy Central and MTV Networks are planning the first annual Comedy Awards, an awards show that's being simulcast on a whole slew of cable networks as to make it impossible for you to avoid watching. Taping on March 26th at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, it'll then air on Sunday, April 10 simultaneously on Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land, VH1 and Nick at Night. Here's how the nominees and winners will be selected:

Nominees will be selected by a board of directors, including 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, and winners will be voted on by members of the comedy community.

OK, I will give them props for having a pretty legit set of judges and for not allowing the internet/texters to have a say in any of it. And hell, when the Golden Globes are calling The Tourist a comedy, it's pretty clear that actual comedies will never get a fair shake. At the very least, this should be more entertaining than most award shows, even if that's not exactly a high bar to set. It'll be interesting to see who they pick as host and what the categories are. Hopefully they'll be more specific than "funniest," as otherwise it'd be a pretty short show.

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  • JoshUng

    Don't they try something like this a lot? Comedy Central had the Commies a few years back.

    I hope it gets done well, but while I think a bunch of comedians kind of winging it would be great, I don't have a lot of confidence that's what they'll let happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felix-Molina/2000761 Felix Molina

    I love this. I need to remember to come back here later and say something more substantial.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felix-Molina/2000761 Felix Molina

    1. I'm curious who qualifies to be a voting member from the comedy community.

    2. Recently I was commenting to a friend that reviews of SNL are so difficult because you're faced with a huge variety of comedic styles and what speaks to you is so personal. Now imagine reviewing the year of comedy, as a whole. Finding a consensus about who the funniest stand-up is, what the funniest sketch of the year is, etc., is so incredibly difficult. Compare this to drama: Everyone sheds a tear for the holocaust biopic, everyone cheers for The Fighter trying to make that comeback. Does everyone laugh at Shit My Shatner Says? Look at its ratings. Apparently, a lot of people do.

    All in all, this is very interesting that this is happening. I'm excited to see it, and in the hands of the right people, I think it could be the next step in the evolution of comedy. The internet has created a space where bad comedy can be ripped to shreds. Videos can be told to "Die." A public place where good comedy can get the accolades it deserves and where Steve Carrell could have won best actor for The 40 Year Old Virgin will allow studios to be proud of their critical darlings, even if they aren't what the Academy or the Emmys are looking for. That can only mean more good comedy… unless "Melissa & Joey" sweeps all the categories.