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Comedy's Big Night Returns to NYC

May 2, 2012 - “The Comedy Awards,” the annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy, will premiere on Comedy Central on Sunday, May 6.

Taking place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, the ceremony will also honor Robin Williams as the recipient of the prestigious “Stand-Up Icon” award. This honor is bestowed each year to a modern icon, an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to stand-up comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers.

The nominees for the second annual event reflect an extensive range of comedic talent in film, television, stand-up and animation. Several “Made in NY” TV series are among the nominees.

“30 Rock” received nominations for Comedy Series, Comedy Writing-TV, Comedy Directing-TV, Alec Baldwin (Performance by an Actor-TV) and Tina Fey (Performance by an Actress-TV).

“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” whose most recent season was filmed in the City, was nominated for Comedy Series, Comedy Writing-TV and Comedy Directing-TV.

Louis C.K. earned a nomination for his role on “Louie,” which was also nominated for Comedy Directing-TV and Comedy Writing-TV.

“Saturday Night Live” was nominated for Comedy Writing-TV as was Kristen Wiig for Performance by an Actress-TV. In the Late Night Comedy Series category, “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Show with David Letterman” all received nominations.

As it did last year, “The Comedy Awards” has joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to endow The American Comedy Fund, which financial assistance, health benefits and other resources for comedians across the country during times of need, crisis or transition.

To learn more, visit thecomedyawards.com.

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