Johannesburg, 2 April 2012: Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) is to air "The Comedy Awards" on 13 May at 20:30 CAT. The awards, Comedy Central's annual celebration of sidesplitting comedy talent, takes place at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday 28 April 2012.

"Modern Family", "Bridesmaids", "30 Rock", "Crazy, Stupid, Love." and Louis C.K. lead the way with the most nominations at The Comedy Awards, whose nominees reflect an extensive range of comedic talent in film, television, stand-up and animation. "Modern Family," recipient of the "Comedy Series" award during last year's inaugural show, is once again nominated in the "Comedy Series" category, one of its five total nominations. Other nominees for "Comedy Series" include "30 Rock" (five total nominations), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (four total nominations), "Parks and Recreation" (three total nominations) and "Happy Endings."

Leading the way in the "Comedy Film" category are "Bridesmaids" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." with five total nominations each. Rounding out the "Comedy Film" nominees are "Midnight in Paris" and "Horrible Bosses" (four total nominations each) and the Academy Award-winning "The Artist", which received three total nominations.

Additionally, Robin Williams has been revealed as the recipient of the prestigious "Stand-Up Icon" award. This honour is awarded every year to a modern icon, an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to stand-up comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers. Williams will be honoured for the unparalleled scope of his imagination, his repertoire of indelible characters, and his outstanding work as a stand-up comedian.

Reactions from The Comedy Awards nominees include:

"I want to thank everyone connected to the awards and I want '30 Rock' to win." - Alec Baldwin, nominated for "Performance by an Actor - TV"

"Does this mean I have to go?" - Larry David, nominated for "Performance by an Actor - TV"

"I'm hyped because I can finally wear my tuxedo." - Kevin Hart, nominated for "Stand-up Tour"

CLICK HERE to see the list of Nominees!

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