The Comedy Awards Announces Talent And Presenters For 2012 Ceremony

The Comedy Awards announced talent scheduled to attend the April 28 ceremony. Now in its second year, the lineup for the annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy includes Chris Rock, Will Arnett, Tracy Morgan, Maya Rudolph, Adam Scott, Jon Stewart, Hannibal Buress, Ty Burrell, Louis C.K, Chevy Chase, Paul Feig, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Annie Mumolo, Amber Nash, Jim O’Heir, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, The Gregory Brothers and Kristen Wiig. Andy Richter will again be the announcer. The house band will be The Roots. The show will tape at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Saturday, April 28 and premiere on Comedy Central on Sunday, May 6.

Among the special winners, this year Robin Williams will receive the “Stand-Up Icon” Award and Jon Stewart will present Don Rickles with the “Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence.” A full list of previously announced nominees for the 2012 “The Comedy Awards” and more information about the show and its prestigious Board of Directors can be found at www.thecomedyawards.com. The board includes such luminaries as Carol Burnett, James Burrows, Greg Cavic, Stephen Colbert, James Dixon, Budd Friedman, Jim Gosnell, Rick Greenstein, Brad Grey, Caroline Hirsch, Sharon Jackson, Blair Kohan, Martin Lesak, Steve Levine, Jamie Masada, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Conan O’Brien, Peter Principato, Joan Rivers, Jay Roach, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Michael Rotenberg, George Schlatter, Mitzi Shore, David Steinberg, Jon Stewart, Lily Tomlin, Sandy Wernick and Geof Wills.

The Comedy Awards has once again joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to endow The American Comedy Fund.

Don Mischer, Casey Patterson, EVP, Event Production, Viacom Entertainment Group and Charlie Haykel are the Executive Producers.  Juliane Hare is Producer.  Beth McCarthy Miller, the Peabody and DGA Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Director, will once again direct The Comedy Awards.  The American Comedy Awards was created by George Schlatter.

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