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Eddie Murphy to be honored as an icon at first Comedy Awards

Eddie Murphy to get Comedy Icon Award Funnyman Eddie Murphy is set to receive the inaugural Comedy Icon honor for his performances in stand-up, sketches and film at the first ever Comedy Awards, airing April 10.

Murphy's memorable comedy roles include a vacationing cop in "Beverly Hills Cop," an oblivious African prince in "Coming to America," "Shrek's" animated Donkey and his unforgettable multi-character roles "The Nutty Professor." But he got his start in comedy clubs and on "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1980s.

"Eddie Murphy's impact in the world of comedy is immeasurable," said Casey Patterson, an executive producer at MTV Networks Entertainment Group, in a statement Monday. "From the characters he created on 'SNL,' to his groundbreaking stand-up performances and unforgettable film roles, Murphy changed the game forever."

For his first stand-up gig on Johnny Carson (and that of Steve Martin, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling too), watch the hilarious montage below.

The show, which will take place March 26 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, will also honor a comic with the Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence. At-home viewers can catch in on MTV Networks outlets, including Comedy Central, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Nick at Nite in April.

"SNL" alum and funnypeople Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg have been slated to present at the show, along with comedians Tracy Morgan, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Matt Stone.

For more on the Comedy Awards, visit insider blog Awards Tracker.

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Photo: Eddie Murphy attends a Dark and Lovely event at Juliet Supper Club on Jan. 18 in New York City. Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III / Getty Images.


'Paul' movie premiere: Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get out of this world

Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig premiere 'Paul'

Alien-friendly actors Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost abducted the red carpet for the Monday premiere of "Paul," their genre-mixing, extraterrestrial-and-a-road-trip movie.

Written by and starring "Hot Fuzz" masterminds Frost and Pegg, the film follows two British friends who visit Comic-Con International before roadtripping to visit famous UFO hot spots around the U.S. But on their journey, they encounter a real-life, wise-cracking alien, voiced by Rogen.

"We came up with the idea for 'Paul' on the set of 'Shaun of the Dead.' It was a way of making a movie somewhere the weather wasn't British," Pegg said in a live chat with Hero Complex on Tuesday. "It was kind of a joke but it struck a chord. We thought we might have something here."

Bill Hader, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the Paul premiere "Paul" pokes fun at the alien/sci-fi genre in the same vein that "Hot Fuzz" spoofed cop movies and "Shaun of the Dead" knocked zombie flicks.

The buddy comedy also stars Jason Bateman as Agent Zoil, who tries to capture Paul, and Kristin Wiig, who plays Ruth, a conservative Christian enlisted to help protect the animated alien. At the premiere, Wiig stepped out in a gorgeous black ruffled number.

"Glee's" Jane Lynch and "Saturday Night Live's" Bill Hader joined Rogen and Bateman on the red carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The two make appearances in the film as a diner owner and federal agent, respectively. Joe Lo Truglio, who reteamed with his "Superbad" director Greg Mottola in "Paul," and plays federal agent O'Reilly.

Liev Schreiber, who also previously worked with Mottola, in 1996's "The Daytrippers," joined Naomi Watts, Jeffrey Tambor, Blythe Danner, David Koechner and the rest of the comic-studded cast at the premiere. Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

"Paul" invades theaters March 18.

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twitter.com/NardineSaad

Top photo: Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig, cast members in "Paul," pose together at the Hollywood premiere of the film on March 14, 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Left photo: Bill Hader, left, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the "Paul" premiere. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

 


Revenge is a dish Taylor Swift serves sweetly -- on SNL



We can only hope that when we grow up, we're as classy as Taylor Swift.

In the wake of recent events, we wondered, what would this dear girl do for her monologue as the host of "Saturday Night Live"? Hmmm. Now we know.

Kanye West, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner -- they're all in there. Just maybe not exactly the way we might have expected.

Check out the whole monologue above, and for a little something different, the digital short "Firelight" after the jump.  ("Twilight" fans must clickah!)

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