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New Comedy Award will salute Johnny Carson

March 7, 2011 |  3:30 pm

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

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