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The Comedy Awards was an annual award ceremony run by the American television network Comedy Central, honoring the best of comedy.[1] It was held twice, in 2011 and 2012. The 2011 ceremony took place on March 26 and aired on April 10 on CMT, Comedy Central, Logo TV, Nick at Nite, Spike, TV Land and VH1. It debuted on The Comedy Channel in Australia on May 22, 2011.

The Comedy Awards represented Comedy Central's second attempt at creating an annual awards show, after the Commie Awards, which ran once in 2003. Comedy Central had also hosted the American Comedy Awards in 2001, which was those awards' last successive year after having been founded in 1989.


The award categories consist of:[2]

  • Comedy Film
  • Animated Comedy Film
  • Comedy Actor - Film
  • Comedy Actress - Film
  • Comedy Screenplay
  • Comedy Director - Film
  • Comedy Series
  • Comedy Actor - Television
  • Comedy Actress - Television
  • Late Night Comedy Series
  • Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series
  • Stand-Up Special
  • Animated Comedy Series
  • Comedy Writing - Television
  • Comedy Directing - Television
  • Breakthrough Performer
  • Best Viral Original

2011 Comedy Awards

Nominations were announced on February 15, 2011.[5] The awards aired on April 10 on Comedy Central and other Viacom-owned networks including Spike, CMT, VH1, LOGO and TV Land. The Comedy Award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards.

The inaugural Comedy Icon Award was presented to Eddie Murphy by Tracy Morgan.

The inaugural Johnny Carson Comedy Award was presented to David Letterman by Bill Murray.

2012 Comedy Awards

The nominees were announced on March 6, 2012.[6]

The Johnny Carson Comedy Award was presented to Don Rickles by Robert De Niro and Jon Stewart.

The Stand-Up Icon Award was presented to Robin Williams by Patton Oswalt.

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