'30 Rock' Tops Noms for Inaugural 'Comedy Awards'

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'The Office' and 'Modern Family' nab four each as do movies 'Easy A,' 'Cyrus' and 'Kick-Ass' as MTV Networks and Comedy Central prepare what they hope to become the Oscars of the comedy business.

NEW YORK - Tina Fey, Betty White, Helen Mirren, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Aziz Ansari, 30 Rock, Modern Family and Family Guy - those are just some of the nominees for Comedy Central's inaugural Comedy Awards.

The network and Viacom's MTV Networks unit, of which it is part, unveiled the awards categories and nominations on Tuesday.

30 Rock leads the TV categories with seven nominations, followed by The Office and Modern Family with four each.

In the film categories, Easy A, Cyrus and Kick-Ass received four nominations each.

Set to air on Sunday, April 10 across several networks, the awards are designed as the Oscars of the comedy business.

Gervais, nominated for best stand-up special, in a prepared reaction referred back to his controversial performance as host of the 68th annual Golden Globes this year. "It is an honor to be nominated for my stand up at this, the first ever The Comedy Awards," he said. "In 68 years time I intend to host it and get it canceled."

Jimmy Kimmel, whose late night show faces off with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in one awards category, said: “It is a great honor to be nominated for an award, even this one.”

Comedy Central said no host or presenters for the awards show have been named, but Craftsman, Geico, Microsoft and Pizza Hut have signed on as sponsors.

Nominees were selected by the Comedy Awards board which includes such big comedy and industry names as James Burrows, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Caroline Hirsch, Seth MacFarlane, Conan O'Brien, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Jay Roach, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Phil Rosenthal and Jon Stewart.

The winners of each category will be chosen by an invitation-only voting body comprised of nearly 1,000 members from the comedy community. The best viral original category will be decided in an online vote at www.thecomedyawards.com.

Read the full list of nominees after the jump. [pagebreak]

Here are the Comedy Awards categories and nominees:

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

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