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Comedy Awards Honor Funny People at 2012 Ceremony

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Comedy Awards Honor Funny People at 2012 Ceremony
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The biggest names in comedy were praised by their peers at the second annual Comedy Awards on Saturday, April 28 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, where comedian Louis C.K. and last year's hit film "Bridesmaids" took home four trophies each.

C.K. won best sketch/alternative series and best directing for his FX show "Louie," as well as stand-up tour and comedy special of the year for "Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater." (He was also nominated for best actor in a TV series, but lost in that category to Ty Burrell of "Modern Family.") C.K. was at first humbled and grateful for being recognized, but when he took the stage to accept an award for the fourth time, the self-deprecating comic said, "This is stupid now. I hate this now."

In its two seasons on FX, "Louie" has earned acclaim and jealousy from other comics who covet the so-called "Louie deal" that gives C.K. full creative control over the project. And when he released "Live at the Beacon Theater" direct to fans on his website last year, C.K. created a new distribution model that other comics like Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan have already begun to follow.

In the press room during the ceremony, Back Stage asked C.K. if he saw his awards sweep as a statement of support for the ways he has taken ownership over not only his performance but also his business. "Well, I don't know," he said. "I mean, you can't take one sign. I'd be crazy if I left here and said, 'Now there's no stopping me!' "

"Bridesmaids" beat "The Artist" when it was named best comedy film and best comedy screenplay, while director Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy were honored in their respective categories.

In addition, Robin Williams won the Icon Award and 85-year-old insult comic Don Rickles was given the special Johnny Carson Award. Introducing Rickles, Jon Stewart said, "People love Don Rickles, but comics revere Don Rickles. He's the first guy to come out and go, 'What's so special about you people?' He turned it around and showed comics we could fight back."

Hannibal Buress – who was one of Back Stage's "10 Comics to Watch" in 2011 – beat nominees including Kumail Nanjiani, Chelsea Peretti, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, and Anthony Jeselnik to win the award for club comic, a new category that was added to the awards this year. He even took time during his acceptance speech to promote an upcoming tour date. His new special "Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace" premieres May 20 on Comedy Central.

"Parks and Recreation" won best comedy series and star Amy Poehler won best TV actress. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" was crowned best late night comedy series for the second year in a row. The award for best animated series went to "Archer," and "Rango" was named best animated comedy film.

The Comedy Awards airs Sunday, May 6 on Comedy Central. The complete list of nominees follows. (Winners are noted with an *.)

COMEDY FILM
"The Artist"
* "Bridesmaids"
"Crazy, Stupid, Love."
"Horrible Bosses"
"Midnight in Paris"

ANIMATED COMEDY FILM
“Cars 2”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Puss In Boots”
* “Rango”
“Rio”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR, FILM
Jason Bateman, “Horrible Bosses”
Steve Carell, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
* Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Zach Galifianakis, “The Hangover Part II”
Owen Wilson, “Midnight in Paris”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS, FILM
Jennifer Aniston, “Horrible Bosses”
Cameron Diaz, “Bad Teacher”
* Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Emma Stone, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”

COMEDY DIRECTOR - FILM
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
James Bobin, “The Muppets”
* Paul Feig, “Bridesmaids”
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

COMEDY SCREENPLAY
“50/50”
* “Bridesmaids”
“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
“Horrible Bosses”
“Midnight in Paris”

COMEDY SERIES
"30 Rock"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Happy Endings"
"Modern Family"
* "Parks and Recreation"

SKETCH/ALTERNATIVE COMEDY SERIES

"Childrens Hospital"
* "Louie"
"Portlandia"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Tosh.0"

ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES
* "Archer"
"Family Guy"
"The Life & Times of Tim"
"The Simpsons"
"South Park"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR - TV
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
* Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS - TV
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
* Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

LATE NIGHT COMEDY SERIES
"The Colbert Report"
* "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"
"Late Show with David Letterman"
"Real Time with Bill Maher"

COMEDY WRITING - TV
* "30 Rock"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Louie"
"Modern Family"
"Parks and Recreation"
"Saturday Night Live"

COMEDY DIRECTING - TV
"30 Rock"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
* "Louie"
"Modern Family"
"The Office"

STAND-UP TOUR
Dave Attell
Lewis Black
* Louis C.K.
Kevin Hart
Jerry Seinfeld

COMEDY SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
* Louis C.K., "Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater"
Norm Macdonald, "Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup"
Patton Oswalt, "Patton Oswalt Finest Hour"
Colin Quinn, "Colin Quinn Long Story Short"
Daniel Tosh, "Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts"

CLUB COMIC
Ted Alexandro
* Hannibal Buress
Pete Holmes
Anthony Jeselnik
Moshe Kasher
John Mulaney
Kumail Nanjiani
Chelsea Peretti
Amy Schumer
Rory Scovel

VIEWERS CHOICE: BREAKOUT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Zooey Deschanel
Josh Gad
* Donald Glover
Melissa McCarthy
Jason Sudeikis

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