MTV Movie Awards: Melissa McCarthy Receives Comedic Genius Award
'The Boss' star accepted the award after crowd-surfing to the stage.
Melissa McCarthy became the first woman to receive MTV's Comedic Genius Award on Sunday.
After crowd-surfing to the stage, she accepted the honor from the MTV Movie Awards co-hosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, whom she referred to "Mr. Rock Johnson" and "The Rock's assistant." (Hart won the award in 2015.)
McCarthy thanked the female comedians who inspired her, including Saturday Night Live's Jane Curtin, Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller and Whoopi Goldberg. She also thanked her mother, who she said taught her to "not to fear being the butt of the joke" and to "lovingly go for the kill."
Though the star of the new Universal comedy The Boss was the first woman to win the award, "I am certainly not the first one to deserve it," she told the crowd. She also thanked "every single person who buys a ticket for one my movies or watches my shows" for being the reason she can keep doing what she loves.
And on a possibly political note, McCarthy ended her speech, saying, "Who knew Bruce Springsteen could get even cooler?" The reference to her fellow Boss was a possible nod to the performer's recent decision to cancel his concert in North Carolina in response to recent state legislation that has been accused of being anti-gay.
McCarthy has a busy schedule this year. She stars in this summer's Ghostbusters reboot and recently revealed that she's returning for Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival.
The 25th annual MTV Movie Awards were held Saturday night at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. The taped broadcast, co-hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, aired Sunday on MTV and sister networks BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, TV Land, VH1 and VH1 Classic.