The Comedy Awards yukked it up for a second year Saturday night in a ceremony that honored stand-ups, TV, film and online laughter and gave special notice to legend Don Rickles and to Robin Williams.
Rickles, 85, won the Johnny Carson Award, presented in front of the Tonight Show host's multi-colored curtain by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart after an introduction by Robert DeNiro (who co-starred with Rickles in Martin Scorsese's Casino). In acccepting the honor, Rickles praised Carson, "a master of what he did…the man had the magic to make you look good."
But Stewart called Rickles, for whom the phrase "insult humor" was practically coined, a master of comedy: "People love Don Rickles, but comics revere Don Rickles," he said. "He's the first guy to come out and go, 'What's so special about you people?' He turned it around and showed comics we could fight back."
Robin Williams won the Icon Award, calling himself "one of the luckiest (bleeps) in show business, with the possible exception of Ryan Seacrest." And former Weekend Update anchors Chevy Chase, Norm Macdonald and Colin Quinn teamed up for a video tribute to the Saturday Night Live segment.
Among other winners:
•Bridesmaids won best comedy film, and Melissa McCarthy won best actress, while The Artist's Jean Dujardin won best actor.
•NBC's Parks and Recreation won best comedy series and star Amy Poehler won best actress, while Modern Family's Ty Burrell took best TV actor. FX's Archer won best animated series, and The Daily Show won best late-night series.
•Louis C.K. won four awards, including best comedy special, sketch/alternative comedy series and standup tour.
The Comedy Awards will air May 6 at 9 ET/PT on Comedy Central.