In case you missed it either when they taped The Comedy Awards in late March, or when the ceremony aired April 10 on Comedy Central and its partner MTV Networks stations, here is the full list of winners from the inaugural edition:
Comedy Film: The Other Guys
Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series: Childrens' Hospital
Comedy Actor, TV: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Animated Comedy Series: South Park
Best Viral Original: Auto-Tune The News, The Gregory Brothers (for "Antoine Dodson" aka "Bed Intruder Song")
Comedy Writing, TV: 30 Rock
Comedy Director, Film: Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Comedy Series, TV: Modern Family
Stand-Up Comedy Special: Louis CK, Hilarious
Late-Night Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Comedy Actress, TV: Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Comedy Actor, Film: Zach Galifianakis, Dinner For Schmucks
Comedy Screenplay: Hot Tub Time Machine
Comedy Actress, Film: Tina Fey, Date Night
Breakthrough Performer: Daniel Tosh
Johnny Carson Award: David Letterman
Comedy Icon Award: Eddie Murphy
Attending the taping, I really got the feeling that they tried to make this a legit awards show that could continue on for many years. Pre-taping was a good idea because it allowed them to skip over categories in which the winners weren't there, or when presenters drunkenly rambled (or should we have seen all of that on air?).
They didn't make it quite clear during the broadcast what exactly The Johnny Carson Award is, so I can see how some people might wonder, seeing David Letterman win the first one, whether they'll run out of potential late-night hosts to take the title. But that's not what it is: The Carson Award is for "an individual who embodies the comedic excellence of the renowned and beloved comedic powerhouse." So it's like the Icon Award, which went to Eddie Murphy, but not exactly. And getting Letterman (who wasn't previously announced as the winner) was a nice coup, although knowing how much Letterman still idolizes Carson as his hero, mentor and career-maker, it's not surprising that he'd show up for this.
Minor quibbles? If I have them, they are these: The original slate of nominees still managed to snub some great comedians and comedy out there, which I can only figure is a result of the awards board being made up of the old guard. Also, as much as people may have slighted the earlier American Comedy Awards for including Club Comedian of the Year or other categories, it'd be nice to see these awards expand with a few more honors for working stand-up comedians. All they got was Stand-Up Special. You could have separate categories for stand-ups working comedy clubs and stand-ups who work theaters and arenas, maybe? Maybe?
Anyhow. Looking forward to next year!