Comedy Central/MTV Networks' Comedy Awards Announce Nominations

Comedy Central and MTV networks just announced the nominations for their inaugural Comedy Awards, which will air on April 10. The nominations span 15 categories in TV and film, including best comedy series and film. The best comedy series field includes awards favorites 30 Rock, The Office and Modern Family, along with largely overlooked off-beat comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Eastbound & Down. 30 Rock leads the TV categories with seven noms. The film field is led by Easy A, Cyrus and Kick-Ass with four noms each, including best movie where they will face Get Him to the Greek and The Other Guys. Nominees were selected by the Comedy Awards’ Board of Directors that includes James Burrows, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, James Dixon, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Caroline Hirsch, Martin Lesak, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Conan O’Brien, Peter Principato, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Jay Roach, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Phil Rosenthal, Michael Rotenberg, George Schlatter, Sharon Sheinwold Jackson, Mitzi Shore, Jon Stewart, Lily Tomlin and Sandy Wernick. The winners of each category will be chosen by an invitation-only voting body comprised of nearly 1000 members from the comedy community – including writers, producers, performers and directors.

Following is the list of nominees and reactions from some of them:

COMEDY SERIES

“30 Rock”

“Eastbound & Down”

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

“Modern Family”

“The Office”

COMEDY ACTOR — TV

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Steve Carell, “The Office”

Tracy Morgan, “30 Rock”

Danny McBride, “Eastbound & Down”

COMEDY ACTRESS — TV

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”

Jane Lynch, “Glee”

Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

COMEDY ACTOR — FILM

Russell Brand, “Get Him to the Greek”

Will Ferrell, “The Other Guys”

Zach Galifianakis, “Dinner for Schmucks”

Paul Giamatti, “Barney’s Version”

Jonah Hill, “Cyrus”

COMEDY ACTRESS — FILM

Tina Fey, “Date Night”

Anne Hathaway, “Love & Other Drugs”

Helen Mirren, “Red”

Chloë Moretz, “Kick-Ass”

Emma Stone, “Easy A”

LATE NIGHT COMEDY SERIES

“The Colbert Report”

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”

“Late Show with David Letterman”

SKETCH COMEDY/ALTERNATIVE COMEDY SERIES

“Childrens Hospital”

“Funny or Die Presents”

“Saturday Night Live”

“Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”

“Tosh.0”

STAND-UP SPECIAL

“Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening”

“Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong”

“Louis C.K.: Hilarious”

“Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2”

“Whitney Cummings: Money Shot”

COMEDY FILM

“Cyrus”

“Easy A”

“Get Him to the Greek”

“Kick-Ass”

“The Other Guys”

ANIMATED COMEDY FILM

“Despicable Me”

“Megamind”

“Shrek Forever After”

“Toy Story 3”

ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES

“American Dad!”

“Archer”

“Family Guy”

“The Simpsons”

“South Park”

COMEDY WRITING — TV

“30 Rock”

“Louie”

“Modern Family”

“The Office”

“The Simpsons”

COMEDY SCREENPLAY

“Cyrus”

“Easy A”

“Hot Tub Time Machine”

“Kick-Ass”

“Tiny Furniture”

COMEDY DIRECTING — TV

“30 Rock”

“Community”

“Modern Family”

“The Office”

“Saturday Night Live”

COMEDY DIRECTOR — FILM

Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, “Cyrus”

Will Gluck, “Easy A”

Adam McKay, “The Other Guys”

Matthew Vaughn, “Kick-Ass”

Edgar Wright, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

Also released today were reactions from some of the nominees:

Ricky Gervais: “It is an honor to be nominated for my stand up at this, the first-ever ‘The Comedy Awards’.  In 68 years time, I intend to host it and get it cancelled.”
Homer Simpson: “Just what America needs: another awards show.  How many tickets do I get?”
Jimmy Kimmel: “It is a great honor to be nominated for an award, even this one”
Whitney Cummings: “My special is called ‘Whitney Cummings: Money Shot,’ so I’m just glad I didn’t get nominated for an AVN award.  I’d say it’s cool that I’m the only girl nominated but then again I’m not sure how many people consider me a girl.”

The Comedy Awards will also feature a Best Viral Original category, which will be determined by fans by voting on www.thecomedyawards.com.

    1. I love that show! But it’s been off the air for a while….maybe it was out of sight out of mind. HBO…how about some new episodes of Tim?

  1. I must admit it’s a very decent selection compared to most other awards. The nominations for “30 Rock” reflect the noticeable improvement over the last few months.
    Egregious omissions anyway: Parks & Recreation, Community (other than the directing category), Party Down and the Sarah Silverman Program (the final episodes such as “Breve” and “Wowschwitz” were some of the boldest and funniest things they had done). Are they biased against Adam Scott?

  2. They are missing an opportunity not having a “stand-up/newcomer of the year.” Used to love the Rodney Dangerfield specials on HBO where you would see people perform for the first time and know they would break big.

  3. I actually respect the love they’re giving to shows like Eastbound and Down and It’s Always Sunny, while also putting a spotlight on really funny movies that go overlooked like Kick-Ass and Cyrus.

    That is actually a surprisingly good list for this make-shift awards show idea (except for Dinner for Schmucks getting nominations). Albeit, Conan O’Brien’s TBS show is better than all the other non-Stewart/Colbert late night shows, but whatever.

    1. I had pretty much the exact same response, including seeing “Dinner for Schmucks” on the list and letting out an audible “Eww.”

  4. I mean, I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise, but really, The Office over “Party Down”, “Parks and Recreation”, and “Community”? Really?

    But again, who cares? Same company that runs the noble MTV Movie Awards and VMA’s, so we shouldn’t take this too seriously.

    Also, didn’t they try to have a “The Comedy Awards” like twenty years ago?

  5. Good to see ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!’ nominated!

    Also ‘Louie’ and ‘Hillarious’ – GO C.K.!

    1. I fail to understand why Cartoon Network airs experimental live action shows like “Tim and Eric”. Doesn’t that eliminate spots for ACTUAL animation? Like what the network advertises itself as being a home for?

      If they want to diversify, shouldn’t they just purchase another channel, like MTV?

      1. Tim and Eric airs during ‘Adult Swim’ which is Cartoon Networks late night block of alternative content. Just like how Nickelodeon used to have ‘Nick At Night’ with old shows.

        Plus Adult Swin does very will in ratings for its demo.

  6. Why the hell is Scott Pilgrim up there? Granted it had funny in it, but the movie was NOT a comedy! Jesus F’ing Christ.

    1. what? there’s rarely a moment in the movie where a joke isn’t flying by you. it’s an action flick, a romance, a fantasy, and definitely a comedy. Funniest movie of 2010 and should have received more attention at the box office and awards shows, but i guess i can understand people calling it ‘niche’ (sigh)

  7. Thank goodness for some recognition for It’s Always Sunny — quite possibly the funniest show I have ever seen. Does this award show have a guest performer category like the Emmys? For example, I thought Anthony Michael Hall’s 2009 single appearance on the holiday episode of Community as Mike the Bully, was hysterical, although I think Community is otherwise ordinary.

  8. Chloe Moretz wasn’t funny in Kick Ass really the only 2 comedic elements to that movie was the male lead and Cage doing an Adam West impression. Clearly pandering to the younger audience.

    1. I wouldn’t say that. While a lot of it had to do with the script and how Vaughn directed the scenes, the biggest laughs in Kick-Ass came from Ms. Moretz’s character when I saw the film. The audience roared at such a sweet little girl dropping F-bombs without a wink or mugging and somehow persuasively turning into a pint-sized Bruce Willis character. The scene where she drops the worst-of-worst words (it begins with a c) and then massacres a room of thugs to children’s music while looking at Aaron Johnson for approval had us in tears.

      Now, granted Emma Stone should win that award because her part was a lot more nuanced and carried what would have been an otherwise forgettable teen comedy into a star making vehicle. But after that, I’d say Moretz is as worthy as the other nominated film actresses in terms of great comedy.

  9. “Delocated” and “Louie” are amazing shows that I was hoping an award show like this would recognize. 30 Rock is great, but this trophy will look dumb next to their emmys.

  10. “30 Rock leads the TV categories with seven noms.”

    How boring. Mostly liberal NYC industry people still giving trophies to a TV show about mostly liberal NYC industry people.

  11. Community was robbed! It deserved a lot more nominations, especially for Best Comedy Series over The Office. Conan should’ve been nominated too.

  12. Congratulations to “the comedy awards” In these politically contentious days in America this is the best thing happening. Taking time out to find laughter the that reconnects us to our humanity. Don Mischer & George Schlatter are the greatest, well done, carry on. Max Worthington Founder/Executive Producer at LA Comedy Awards.

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