As if comedy fans across the country haven’t already established his iconic status, Comedy Central is going to make it official: Robin Williams will be the recipient of the Stand-Up Icon Award. The honor will be bestowed upon the veteran comedian and actor of stage and screen at the second annual Comedy Awards, which will be taped at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on April 28 and aired on Comedy Central on May 6.
“Robin Williams is a comedic force of nature whose intensity and explosive free-associating style as a stand-up comedian made him a superstar,” says Casey Patterson, Comedy Awards executive producer. “Robin used stand-up comedy to literally change the world with Comic Relief. Robin Williams is more than an icon. He is one of the most important comedic voices of our time. We’re thrilled, and just a little bit scared, to be honoring Robin at The Comedy Awards this year.”
Eddie Murphy snagged the inaugural award last year; Tracy Morgan presented it. No word on who will present Williams with his.