Last year, Comedy Central honored industry greats with the inaugural Comedy Awards, and this year, they aim to do the same. The second annual televised event, dedicated to celebrating the very best in comedic films, actors, TV, stand-up and digital content, will tape at New York's historical Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, April 28, 2012, and will air on Comedy Central Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Last year's show featured such funny people as Tina Fey, Louis CK, Kristen Wiig and Eddie Murphy. Although this year's presenters are yet to be announced, it's a solid bet that the second annual awards will live up to its strong first showing.
The people behind the scenes are no lightweights, either. In keeping with last year's selection process, nominees will be chosen by an esteemed Board of Directors. Previous board members include such comedy greats as Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Phil Rosenthal. From the nominees, winners are then selected by an invitation-only voting body of actors, writers, directors and producers who are active and involved members of the comedy community. Fans will also have the opportunity to sound off, nominating their favorites in special online categories at thecomedyawards.com.
In addition to celebrating successful comedians, The Comedy Awards are once again teaming up with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to support The American Comedy Fund, dedicated to providing financial support, health benefits, and resources for up-and-comers and comedians in need.
More details about this year's board, nominees and presenters are still in the works, so be sure to check back in early 2012 for more information and sign up for email updates at thecomedyawards.com.