Nellie Andreeva

Comedy Central and MTV networks just announced the nominations for their inaugural Comedy Awards, which will air on April 10. The nominations span 15 categories in TV and film, including best comedy series and film. The best comedy series field includes awards favorites 30 Rock, The Office and Modern Family, along with largely overlooked off-beat comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Eastbound & Down. 30 Rock leads the TV categories with seven noms. The film field is led by Easy A, Cyrus and Kick-Ass with four noms each, including best movie where they will face Get Him to the Greek and The Other Guys. Nominees were selected by the Comedy Awards’ Board of Directors that includes James Burrows, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, James Dixon, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Caroline Hirsch, Martin Lesak, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Conan O’Brien, Peter Principato, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Jay Roach, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Phil Rosenthal, Michael Rotenberg, George Schlatter, Sharon Sheinwold Jackson, Mitzi Shore, Jon Stewart, Lily Tomlin and Sandy Wernick. The winners of each category will be chosen by an invitation-only voting body comprised of nearly 1000 members from the comedy community – including writers, producers, performers and directors.

Following is the list of nominees and reactions from some of them:

COMEDY SERIES

“30 Rock”

“Eastbound & Down”

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

“Modern Family”

“The Office”

COMEDY ACTOR — TV

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Steve Carell, “The Office”

Tracy Morgan, “30 Rock”

Danny McBride, “Eastbound & Down”

COMEDY ACTRESS — TV

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”

Jane Lynch, “Glee”

Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

COMEDY ACTOR — FILM

Russell Brand, “Get Him to the Greek”

Will Ferrell, “The Other Guys”

Zach Galifianakis, “Dinner for Schmucks”

Paul Giamatti, “Barney’s Version”

Jonah Hill, “Cyrus”

COMEDY ACTRESS — FILM

Tina Fey, “Date Night”

Anne Hathaway, “Love & Other Drugs”

Helen Mirren, “Red”

Chloë Moretz, “Kick-Ass”

Emma Stone, “Easy A”

LATE NIGHT COMEDY SERIES

“The Colbert Report”

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”

“Late Show with David Letterman”

SKETCH COMEDY/ALTERNATIVE COMEDY SERIES

“Childrens Hospital”

“Funny or Die Presents”

“Saturday Night Live”

“Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”

“Tosh.0”

STAND-UP SPECIAL

“Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening”

“Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong”

“Louis C.K.: Hilarious”

“Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2”

“Whitney Cummings: Money Shot”

COMEDY FILM

“Cyrus”

“Easy A”

“Get Him to the Greek”

“Kick-Ass”

“The Other Guys”

ANIMATED COMEDY FILM

“Despicable Me”

“Megamind”

“Shrek Forever After”

“Toy Story 3”

ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES

“American Dad!”

“Archer”

“Family Guy”

“The Simpsons”

“South Park”

COMEDY WRITING — TV

“30 Rock”

“Louie”

“Modern Family”

“The Office”

“The Simpsons”

COMEDY SCREENPLAY

“Cyrus”

“Easy A”

“Hot Tub Time Machine”

“Kick-Ass”

“Tiny Furniture”

COMEDY DIRECTING — TV

“30 Rock”

“Community”

“Modern Family”

“The Office”

“Saturday Night Live”

COMEDY DIRECTOR — FILM

Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, “Cyrus”

Will Gluck, “Easy A”

Adam McKay, “The Other Guys”

Matthew Vaughn, “Kick-Ass”

Edgar Wright, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

Also released today were reactions from some of the nominees:

Ricky Gervais: “It is an honor to be nominated for my stand up at this, the first-ever ‘The Comedy Awards’.  In 68 years time, I intend to host it and get it cancelled.”
Homer Simpson: “Just what America needs: another awards show.  How many tickets do I get?”
Jimmy Kimmel: “It is a great honor to be nominated for an award, even this one”
Whitney Cummings: “My special is called ‘Whitney Cummings: Money Shot,’ so I’m just glad I didn’t get nominated for an AVN award.  I’d say it’s cool that I’m the only girl nominated but then again I’m not sure how many people consider me a girl.”

The Comedy Awards will also feature a Best Viral Original category, which will be determined by fans by voting on www.thecomedyawards.com.

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