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New Comedy Award will salute Johnny Carson

When Comedy Central unveils its new awards show April 10, it will include a new prize in memory of Johnny Carson.

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The honorary Johnny Carson award for comedic excellence will hail "an individual whose groundbreaking body of work, like Johnny Carson's, has made an extraordinary contribution to the art of comedy, whose impact and innovations have changed the comedy landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers," promises the network.

Network executive Casey Patterson says, "Johnny Carson is one of the biggest legends not only in comedy, but all of entertainment. Having this award as part of our show sets the precedent of the premiere film, television and comedic talent that the Comedy Awards will honor each year and is fitting with Johnny’s legacy and love of the comedy community.”

The Comedy Awards aim to be the Oscars of comedy, and will reach out beyond just the laughmeisters who appear on Comedy Central.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Comedy Central

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Johnny Carson was a class act. The King of Late night TV for years & years. So many people in the industry owe thier careers to him. He deserves this and more. There will never be another of his kind. R.I.P. Mr. Carson.

And the winner of the 1st Johnny Carson Award is.......CHRIS ROCK.

I love Carson, but any comedy award should really be named after Bob Hope. He not only was a comic genius on Radio, but TV, movies, hosting the Academy awards etc. Mostly, we should remember that Bob traveled into often dangerous locations to entertain our troops. From WW2 to Korea, to Vietnam. Bob was there bringing humor to boys who often put their lives on the line, the very next day. He was their last laugh in their life. Again, I love Johnny, but any real comedy hero has to start with Bob Hope.


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