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

March 21, 2011 |  6:21 pm

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.