I think I speak for many of us when I say award shows often don’t give comedy its proper due. Take this year’s Golden Globe nominations, for example: among the nominees for best motion picture (comedy or musical) are Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist, neither of which is known for bringing the laughs. And, in any case, it seems strange to have a category that pits a film like Dreamgirls against Borat, as was the case in 2006.
So I was relieved to see the news that a new awards show is in the works to truly pay tribute to good comedy. Comedy Central and MTV Networks have announced that they are creating an annual comedy awards show (appropriately titled The Comedy Awards) to recognize the latest and greatest in film, television, and digital comedy, as well as those trailblazers who have changed the face of what comedy means.
It looks to be an innovative venture: beyond offering awards to creators on multiple platforms, the show itself will air on April 10 on several of Viacom’s properties, including Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, and Nick at Nite. They’re certainly casting a wide net, though I’m not sure to what extent an awards show like this will mesh with audiences looking for UFC Unleashed or reruns of Sanford and Son.
But hey, laughter’s a universal language, right?