Some of the funniest people on the planet gathered in New York City Saturday night for the first-ever Comedy Awards (which airs April 10 at 9 p.m. simultaneously across MTV Networks' Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite). Eddie Murphy received the Comedy Icon Award and paid homage to his greatest comedic inspirations: Bill Cosby, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. But the biggest award of the evening was also the most unexpected, when Bill Murray presented the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence to a previously unannounced David Letterman. The late-night funnyman said of his honor, "I am well aware of the fact that I don't deserve this...giving me this award is the equivalent of NASA giving the Neil Armstrong award to Balloon Boy."
Read on for more scoop from several seriously funny folks.
Jon Cryer didn't shy away from referencing the recent Two and Half Men fracas when he took the stage to present the award for Best Comedy Actress, TV to Kristen Wiig. He jokingly offered a "sneak preview" of his new hip-hop album, which he mock-seriously introduced by saying, "I don't like to draw attention to myself. Honestly, I think it's important for an actor to keep out of the public eye. But lately, I've had some free time. And maybe it's a reaction to some of the recent events in my life. I've been looking for a way to express myself — my real self, creatively, a little more. Long story short: I made a record." And the song he debuted? "Jon Cryer Will F**K You Up." The performance included several scantily clad women gyrating around him on stage. Naturally.
Ty Burrell dished a bit on the season finale of Modern Family, which Julie Bowen recently said left the actors with a few bumps and bruises after doing their own stunts in a Planes, Trains and Automobiles-style effort to get to Alex's graduation. Burrell jokingly told TV Guide Magazine he made it through the ordeal more easily than his co-star. "I'm in a lot better shape [than Julie]," he deadpanned. "I don't know if you've seen Julie, but she carries a lot of extra weight, so I don't bruise as easily...but seriously, it was actually one of the most fun episodes I've ever filmed." Burrell admits Bowen was the driving force behind the actors' efforts to do their own pratfalls. "It was a long process of trying to persuade [the producers] to let us do this one stunt in particular, and Julie really pushed us through." And what is that particular stunt? "I can tell you it's a fall — but I don't want to give it away!"
The cast of The Office is adjusting to life without Steve Carell. "The show must go on," Craig Robinson told TV Guide Magazine before presenting the award for Best Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series. "They'd kind of been weaning us. Steve would have a week off here or some days off, but we miss him. He's irreplaceable." What was it like on Carell's last day of shooting? "We had a little party for everybody and we just got to show Steve what he means to everybody — not just on the show but in our lives." And what does he mean to Robinson? "I've learned from him everyday I've been on set with him. He was like a mentor to me, but he didn't even know it." Fortunately, the appearance of Will Ferrell, who is guest starring for a few episodes, during Carell's last days helped keep spirits high. "Will's fantastic. He's the greatest. He's hysterical," Robinson added. "He lifts your game. He's a really nice guy and he's really, really funny."
How does a fake news show like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart cope with being off the air for a week when big news like the Japanese tsunami and Libyan uprising is dominating the headlines? "We just do a lame first show back and then catch up from there," Stewart joked to TV Guide Magazine. "It's really become clear that we are the glue that holds this little green marble we call Earth together. We try our best to take that responsibility seriously. When we fail, as you can see, it hurts all of us. But we do our best."
Kristen Wiig says she has mixed feelings about Saturday Night Live's upcoming season finale in May. "It's kind of like a school year. You're happy summer's coming, but you kind of don't want the school year to end. It's always sad when it's over, but there's always next season." And who would be her dream guest host? "I'm going to say Johnny Depp, just because it's Johnny Depp. Maybe I could sit next to him!"
Rob Corddry, who picked up the award for Best Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series for his work on Children's Hospital on Adult Swim, offered a glimpse into the character he plays on Little in Common, the pilot he's filming for Fox. "I play the white guy," he joked. "The show's about a bunch of people who have nothing in common but their kids, and they have kids on the same Little League team." The real-life father of two added, "It's sort of my life. The preschool yard is like a minefield of awkward people!"