The second annual Comedy Awards taped on Saturday, April 28th, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. This Sunday at 9pm, the program premieres on Comedy Central and there are already complaints from the "comedy community": Why are there so many comedic actors and hardly any "true" comedians? How come certain notable names are missing from the nominations, particularly black performers? Why no homage to Patrice O'Neal? etc.
First of all, I would say that we should be elated that comedy is getting this kind of official recognition (finally) and any problems with categories and nomination processes will be worked out in upcoming awards shows. Spirits were high and everybody seemed to be having a great time at this event and even if there weren't as many club comedians on stage as I would have liked to have seen, there were a huge number of them invited as guests in the crowd so their influence was felt and will definitely have an impact as this celebration matures.
As someone who covered the red carpet, I was more than a bit disappointed that only a tiny fraction of the 4 columns of single-spaced nominees and presenters given to me on a "tip sheet" chose to walk down the red carpet and engage with any of the media. I don't know how to coerce these people to do their duty but I hope Comedy Central does a better job at that next year. Please check out the video interviews below and watch the show on Sunday at 9pm on Comedy Central for very funny and honest moments from the likes of Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Paul Feig, Robin Williams, and many more.