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article imageComedy Awards already handed out, even though the show is May 6th

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By Tim O'Brien
May 1, 2012 in Entertainment
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New York - To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, "I tell you, I don't get any respect." Now, enter the 2nd Annual Comedy Awards. If it is respect they want, why do it the way they do it?
They hand out the awards a week before they air the show. If they are looking to build hype, this is not the way to go about it.
Many comedians over the years have suggested that the Oscars need to respect comedy more and perhaps, have their own category. That is a conversation for another day, but as they say, "Death is easy. Comedy is hard."
And from the looks of the winners, sometimes comedy is confusing.
Here are the winners of the Comedy Awards. They will be handed out Sunday, May 6 on Comedy Central.
Winners in bold.
COMEDY FILM
"The Artist"
"Bridesmaids"
"Crazy, Stupid, Love."
"Horrible Bosses"
"Midnight in Paris"
Notes: Oscar goes down on this one. For all out comedy, this was a good choice.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR - FILM
Jason Bateman, "Horrible Bosses"
Steve Carell, "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Zach Galifianakis, "The Hangover Part II"
Owen Wilson, "Midnight in Paris"
Notes: Oscar scores on this one. Many comedians along the way have joked that he won for comedy yet didn't say anything. Well, they must think he was good, too.
COMEDY DIRECTOR - FILM
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
James Bobin, "The Muppets"
Paul Feig, "Bridesmaids"
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Notes: As the director goes, so does the picture. It worked here. It would have been "funnier" had they not followed that pattern.
COMEDY SERIES
"30 Rock"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Happy Endings"
"Modern Family"
"Parks and Recreation"
Notes: Huh? NBC's batch of comedies are so low rated, it is a wonder that comedians knew enough about this one to vote for it. But, they most likely wanted to be ant-"Modern family" since it wins all the others.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR - TV
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Notes: There, they went back to the "Family."
COMEDY DIRECTING - TV
"30 Rock"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Louie"
"Modern Family"
"The Office"
Note: Not a surprise to those in the business, but onlookers, most likely.
ANIMATED COMEDY FILM
"Cars 2"
"Kung Fu Panda 2"
"Puss In Boots"
"Rango"
"Rio"
Notes: The only real shoe-in because it simply doesn't matter.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS - FILM
Jennifer Aniston, "Horrible Bosses"
Cameron Diaz, "Bad Teacher"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Emma Stone, "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids"
Notes: OK, this was the only shoe-in.
COMEDY SCREENPLAY
"50/50"
"Bridesmaids"
"Crazy, Stupid, Love."
"Horrible Bosses"
"Midnight in Paris"
Notes: Allen's movie loses to an all-out comedy so this is not an upset.
ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES - TV
"Archer"
"Family Guy"
"The Life & Times of Tim"
"The Simpsons"
"South Park"
Notes: Well, OK then.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS - TV
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
Notes: Again with "Parks and Recreation"?
COMEDY WRITING - TV
"30 Rock"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Louie"
"Modern Family"
"Parks and Recreation"
"Saturday Night Live"
Notes: It is good on this level.
LATE NIGHT COMEDY SERIES
"The Colbert Report"
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"
"Late Show with David Letterman"
"Real Time with Bill Maher"
Notes: Is it a comedy? Or is it angry humor?
CLUB COMIC
Ted Alexandro
Hannibal Buress
Pete Holmes
Anthony Jeselnik
Moshe Kasher
John Mulaney
Kumail Nanjiani
Chelsea Peretti
Amy Schumer
Rory Scovel
Notes: The hardest job in show business.
SKETCH/ALTERNATIVE COMEDY SERIES
"Childrens Hospital"
"Louie"
"Portlandia"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Tosh.0"
Notes: We need more consistently funny shows on this style but Carol Burnett is busy.
COMEDY SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
"Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater"
"Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup"
"Patton Oswalt Finest Hour"
"Colin Quinn Long Story Short"
"Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts"
Notes: All of these are darn good. If one needs a laugh, take a shot.
STAND-UP TOUR
Dave Attell
Lewis Black
Louis C.K.
Kevin Hart
Jerry Seinfeld
Notes: It had to be even though he quit as host of the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Special awards
STAND-UP ICON AWARD - Robin Williams
JOHNNY CARSON AWARD - Don Rickles
BEST VIRAL ORIGINAL - "Songify This-Winning-A Song by Charlie Sheen"
BREAKOUT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR - Donald Glover
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