Talk about a tough crowd. When comedians took the stage at the second annual Comedy Awards, a swanky trophy-fest that taped on April 28 in New York City and will air this Sunday at 9 p.m. on Comedy Central, they had to stare down comedic powerhouses like Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Joel McHale, and Kristen Wiig – and try to crack them up.
“So, they televise this, and they don’t do the Nobel Peace Prize?” joked Rock at the show’s opening, earning big laughs from the crowd. Other chuckle-inducing presenters included the cast of Happy Endings (one of whom ate a very hot pepper), Tracy Morgan (who vowed to quit comedy and join the Secret Service), and Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott (who got unintentionally – but hilariously – ignored by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig).
The night built up to two big awards. Robin Williams took home the Standup Icon Award and compared his silver microphone trophy to “platinum Ambien.” And later, the usually acerbic legend Don Rickles’ tearfully accepted the Johnny Carson Award.
Afterward, the gala’s celebrity guests assembled for a class photo backstage, which EW can exclusively reveal to you below.
Up front is Rickles, flanked by Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, and Jon Stewart. Others in the star-studded crowd included Maya Rudolph, Chevy Chase, Will Arnett, Conan O’Brien’s Andy Richter, Rob Riggle, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, Amy Poehler, Daily Show correspondents John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., Bridesmaids costar Wendi-McLendon-Covey, Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Joel McHale, Adam Scott, Ty Burrell, and Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night band the Roots.
Seeing all those greats in one place was a sight to behold. At one point, Poehler approached Rickles, kissed his cheek, and congratulated him. When the veteran comic whispered a response into Poehler’s ear, her eyes welled up. “Thank you,” she said, clutching his hands.
The Comedy Awards airs on Comedy Central on May 6 at 9 p.m. Will you be tuning in?