Monday, May 7th, 2012

Are the 'Comedy Awards' a Thing Now?

Last night, the Comedy Awards aired on Comedy Central. After last year's ceremony, we discussed the Comedy Awards' biggest problem – it's an award show. From the Oscars down to whatever Nickelodeon's award show is called, the actual honor inherently doesn't really mean anything beyond it's nice to win things and it's nice when people we like win things. So the Comedy Awards, which seem even more trivial because they are so young, are nice because our favorite people get to be honored. They can, and will, self-deprecate towards it but it's still a worthy moment for people who wouldn't otherwise get that level of moments. As Paul Feig said in his acceptance speech for best director, it's great just for him to beat The Artist in something. Similarly, where else would Don Rickles get a lifetime achievement award and get to give such a terrific speech as above?

In twenty years, the awkwardness of it all might fade away and some young standup will give an acceptance speech, in which she or he mentions, as a kid, being inspired by watching Louis C.K. win all those awards. Hell, if the MTV Music Awards can exist for 18 years, there can be a damn Comedy Awards.

Did you watch? What did you think? Was it just nice to see your favorite funny people dressed nicely? How great was the Between Two Ferns special (which if you missed, is streaming online here)?

Here is the list of winners, including the online Viewers Choice categories:

• Stand-Up Icon Award: Robin Williams
• Johnny Carson Award: Don Rickles
• Comedy Film: "Bridesmaids"
• Animated Comedy Film: "Rango"
• Performance by an Actor-Film: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
• Performance by an Actress-Film: Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
• Comedy Director-Film: Paul Feig, "Bridesmaids"
• Comedy Screenplay: "Bridesmaids"
• Comedy Series: "Parks and Recreation"
• Sketch/Alternative Comedy Series: "Louie"
• Animated Comedy Series: "Archer"
• Performance by an Actor-TV: Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
• Performance by an Actress-TV: Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
• Late Night Comedy Series: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
• Comedy Writing-TV: "30 Rock"
• Comedy Directing-TV: "Louie"
• Comedy Special of the Year: "Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater"
• Stand-Up Tour: Louis C.K.
• Club Comic: Hannibal Buress
• Viewer's Choice Breakout Performer of the Year: Donald Glover
• Viewer's Choice Best Viral Original: "Songify This-Winning-A Song by Charlie Sheen"
• Viewer's Choice Funniest Person on Twitter: Rob Delaney
• Viewer's Choice Best Comedy Podcast: WTF with Marc Maron
• Viewer's Choice Best Comedy App: Robert Kelly Live
• Viewer's Choice Best Remix, Mash-Up, or Supercut: The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

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  • MakesNoScents

    I liked whenever Louis CK was given an award because he used it as a chance to trash Daniel Tosh, who I guess the alt comedy community has now decided is their new Dane Cook-esque nemesis. Yay for groupthink!

    • http://twitter.com/elyndiscupcake Elle

      Or Daniel Tosh is a sexist scumbag.

      • MakesNoScents


  • AK

    I wish they had the other award acceptances online somewhere. I was a bit disappointed that they would just ramble off who won other awards before the commercial break.

  • http://twitter.com/jychung23 Joon Chung

    Paul Feig's acceptance "speech" was so great. I like how everyone's speeches had respect for all the performers in how no one thought they deserved the award. When comedy performers are amongst their peers, they're so much more comfortable.

  • rogerbix

    Ah, the Comedy Awards, honoring the achievements of white people plus Donald Glover and Hannibal Burress.

  • http://twitter.com/ronaldjock Ronald Jock

    What a ridiculous list of nominees for the podcast categorie.

    Can anyone tell me that they actually laugh throughout an episode of The Nerdist? or WTF?

    Sure they're great podcasts, but comedy? Really? Just because a comedian is a host it doesn't make them a comedy podcast.

    I would have rathered Walking The Room on the nominee list then the above mentioned.