MTV Nets Launch Comedy Awards Show

Viacom’s MTV Networks, led by Comedy Central, is starting a new comedy awards franchise, The Comedy Awards. The first annual Comedy Awards show will be held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, March 26 and will air on Sunday, April 10, 2011, running simultaneously on MTV Networks’ Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite.

The show, which will be executive produced by veteran Don Mischer, will recognize “the year’s best comedy films, television series and digital content” with awards for writers, directors and actors as well as lifetime achievement honors for “pioneering legends.” Nominees will be be selected by The Comedy Awards’ board of directors whose founding members include James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Phil Rosenthal.  The winners will be chosen by an invitation-only voting body comprised of 500-1000 members from the comedy community — including writers, producers, performers and directors.  There will be several awards determined by fans through online voting at  thecomedyawards.com

In conjunction with the launch of The Comedy Awards, the MTVN Entertainment Group has joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch The American Comedy Fund, designed to provide  financial assistance, health benefits and other resources for comedians  in need. The American Comedy Fund will be administered by EIF in collaboration with the Motion Picture & Television Fund and The Actors Fund.

There hasn’t been a major comedy awards franchise since the American Comedy Awards folded in 2001 after running for 15 years, the first 14 on ABC and the final year on Comedy Central. In 2003, Comedy Central also took a stab at launching a comedy awards with the short-lived The Commies. MTV Networks is looking to turn The Comedy Awards into a tentpole awards franchise of the likes of MTV’s Video Music Awards, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards and the Comedy Central roasts.

Don Mischer Prods.’ Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel are executive producing alongside Casey Patterson, SVP, event production, MTVN Entertainment Group.

  1. Comedy Central previously tried to put on an awards show with “The Commies” in 2003, but the reception wasn’t very good as it seemed like it was patched together. It looks like they’re trying to really make this one work.

  2. The joke will be on the American Comedy Fund if during the administration of their fund the Motion Picture and Television Fund abandons their commitment to Long Term Care. Please join us in holding the Motion Picture and Television Fund to their commitment and charter of “We Take Care of Our Own”.

    They weren’t until Saving the Lives of Our Own drew a line in the sand. Find out more about our struggle to insure Long Term Care to the industry. Please go to http://www.savingthelivesofourown.org

    It’s not funny.

  3. Aren’t the Actors Fund and Motion Picture Television Fund already giving assistance to comedians?

  4. I hope the comedians never need long-term or hospital care, because the MPTF declared two years ago that they aren’t interested in people…even funny people…who find themselves in failing health at the end of their lives.

    The comedy pros should ask some tough and direct questions before their laughter stops for good.

  5. Do the comedians understand that the most frail and needy of their colleagues will be turned away in the current state of the Fund? You can’t be in need of long term care—that door is closed, for the moment. Perhaps comedians can take this opportunity to help the Fund see how vital this service is to our industry as a whole. Please let the Fund know we need long term care. There are over 100 beds now empty on the Wasserman campus that can be filled by those in desperate need of kindness and care.

  6. Who can forget George Schlatter and Don Mischer they are the Babe Ruth and Lou DiMaggio of television producers. This is going to be a spectacular event, can’t wait!

  7. Wow. It should definitely be worth a flick through. The problem being that since it’s a comedy awards show, everyone will expect it to be funny, and usually when people try to make things funny… they’re just not. I hope I’m wrong and this one is splendidly side-splitting. Thanks for the update!

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