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Comedy Central announces its first annual Comedy Awards

February 15, 2011 | 11:47 am

Gervais Finally, a golden statuette you can earn just for being a wise guy: On Tuesday, Comedy Central and MTV Networks announced the inaugural presentation of the Comedy Awards, described as "the first-ever multi-network, multi-platform, annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy." Scheduled to air on Sunday, April 10, the Comedy Awards will recognize achievement in categories such as "late-night comedy series" and "stand-up special," as well as more traditional nods for films and television shows.

This year, "30 Rock" leads the television nominations with seven nods, while "The Office" and "Modern Family" each received four. In the film category, "Easy A," "Cyrus" and "Kick-Ass" received four nominations apiece. Even Ricky Gervais, that eternal enfant terrible of awards shows, was nominated for his stand-up special, "Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2."

"It is an honor to be nominated for my stand-up at this, the first-ever 'The Comedy Awards,'" Gervais said in a statement. "In 68 years time, I intend to host it and get it cancelled."

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes. Credit: Paul Drinkwater / Associated Press

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