Amy Poehler and her NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation were big winners at last night’s American Comedy Awards, taking home the trophies for best comedy actress in television and top TV program.
The pre-taped awards ceremony made its broadcast network debut, airing on NBC for the first time. Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious served as the house band for the ACAs, which honored Bill Cosby with the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence. While introducing The Cos, Chris Rock acknowledged the strong, positive influence the comedian brought to a mainstream audience, saying: “Without The Cosby Show back then, we might not have a black man in the Oval Office today. Obama is the first black president, but Bill Cosby is the man to act like the first black president.”
Film winners included This Is the End, which was named top film and scored directing honors for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and The Heat, which took home best screenplay and earned Melissa McCarthy a best actress nod. Will Ferrell won the best actor award for his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. Billy Eichner accepted the statue in his honor, delivering some of then night’s best lines. Watch his speech below:
On the TV side, both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were named best late night talk show. Writing honors went to Modern Family, while Saturday Night Live swept the supporting actor/actress categories: Kate McKinnon and Bill Hader took home those honors. Comedy Central’s Key and Peele was named best alternative comedy series.
Stand-up comedians felt the love last night, too: Jim Gaffigan was named top concert comic, while Maria Bamford earned the best club comic title. Louis C.K.’s Oh My God won comedy special of the year.