Eddie Murphy to be honored at Comedy Awards
Wednesday 23 March 2011
Comedian Eddie Murphy will be presented with the inaugural Comedy Icon Award for his performances in stand-up, sketches and film at the first-ever Comedy Awards, airing April 10.
After Murphy left the legendary sketch television show Saturday Night Live, the comedic actor took a series of film roles that are considered classics, including roles in Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America and as the voice of Shrek's animated Donkey.
He also starred in the film version of the Broadway play Dreamgirls and performed multiple roles in The Nutty Professor.
"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 released on Monday 21. "Murphy changed the game forever."
The Comedy Awards show takes place on March 26 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Awards will also be given to comedic actors and writers in several categories honoring film and television, including animation. In addition, a to-be-announced comic will win the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence.
The show will include presenters such as Tina Fey ( Date Night, 30 Rock), Jon Stewart ( The Daily Show), Kristen Wiig ( How to Train Your Dragon), and players from current and past SNL seasons including Jimmy Fallon ( Whip It), Bill Hader ( Superbad), Andy Samberg ( I Love You, Man) and Tracy Morgan ( Cop Out).
The Comedy Awards air April 10 on the satellite channel Comedy Central and across other MTV Networks, including Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Nick at Nite.
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