Eddie Murphy to receive first Comedy Icon award

Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:30pm EDT
 
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By Philiana Ng

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Eddie Murphy will receive the Comedy Icon Award at the first annual The Comedy Awards, scheduled to air Sunday, April 10 on multiple MTV Networks channels.

The honor will be given yearly to a modern icon, an individual who has contributed to comedy and whose impact has changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers.

Murphy will be recognized for his stand-up, sketch, film and TV work.

Among the presenters and attendees at The Comedy Awards will be Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Ty Burrell, Louis C.J., Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Bill Hader, Chloe Moretz, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig.

The Roots will serve as the award ceremony's house band.

Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island will perform "I Just Had Sex" with Akon for the first time live.

The Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence will also be presented during the show's taping on Saturday, March 26.

The Comedy Awards will be broadcast on Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land, VH1 and Nick at Nite on April 10.