When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart host the 2016 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, Melissa McCarthy will become the first woman to be honored with MTV’s Comedic Genius Award.
As reported by the New York Daily News, McCarthy follows Will Ferrell, who won the award in 2013, and Kevin Hart, who received the Comedic Genius award last year.
The MTV Movie Awards feature more fun categories than other awards, and it turns out this isn’t the first time Melissa McCarthy has been honored. She was recognized twice for her performance in the 2011 movie Bridesmaids, where she won for Best Comedic Performance and Best WTF Moment.
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Speaking of McCarthy’s Comedic Genius award, Casey Patterson, an executive producer of the MTV Awards, said in a statement, “We love Melissa for her performances but she also writes, produces and directs comedy, so this award is incredibly well deserved.”
“The most exciting thing about Melissa is how brave she is, you don’t want to miss her moment in the show.”
Melissa McCarthy, 45, is well known for her appearance on the popular CBS show Mike & Molly, which returns to the small screen on April 25. The series finale airs on May 16.
In not-so-funny news, McCarthy is also currently starring in her new movie The Boss, which opens in theaters on Friday this week. Reportedly, the movie tells the tale of a paroled businesswoman, Michelle Darnell (played by McCarthy), who recruits a bunch of schoolgirls, persuading them to abandon their cookie-selling group to join her brownie-selling enterprise.
The film has already received less than positive reviews, with the Chicago Sun-Times reviewer saying “Melissa McCarthy is so unfunny, it’s depressing.”
A review by the Chicago Tribune says The Boss is a mismanaged comedy that doesn’t utilize Melissa McCarthy’s comedic skills.
As reported by the Inquisitr, McCarthy said her character in The Boss is totally unlike her and revealed in an interview that playing a character so completely the opposite of herself is the most rewarding role. She says she herself is far more reserved and that she doesn’t speak like her character in the film at all, but she admires the character she plays and how “unapologetic” she is.
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While McCarthy initially shot to fame as Megan in Bridesmaids, she has reportedly been honing her comedic skills for several years, starting with The Groundlings.
Other recent movies starring Melissa McCarthy include Spy, Tammy, and The Hangover Part III. In July, McCarthy will be seen on the big screen yet again in the all-female version of Ghostbusters.
While in the past McCarthy was involved in the much-loved series Gilmore Girls, as reported by the Inquisitr, she has confirmed she won’t be appearing in the upcoming reboot. Reportedly, McCarthy said she wasn’t invited to appear in the revival show, as the network thought she was “too busy.”
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More recent funny news relating to Melissa McCarthy is her incredible performance on The Tonight Show, where she totally slayed the show’s host, Jimmy Fallon, in the Lip Sync Battle and even got a standing ovation for her efforts. She did a stunning and energetic performance to DMX’s “Gonna Give It To Ya” followed by an equally amazing performance of Alan Menken’s “Colors of the Wind” from the soundtrack of Pocahontas.
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