Melissa McCarthy to Receive Comedic Genius Award at MTV Movie Awards

Sunday’s show marks the first time a woman wins that trophy

Last Updated: April 6, 2016 @ 9:19 AM

The hysterically funny Melissa McCarthy will officially be recognized as a “Comedic Genius” on Sunday.

McCarthy, who stars in the Friday release “The Boss,” is set to become the first female recipient of the Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Movie Awards which air on Sunday.

The Oscar-nominated actress and writer started her career at the Groundlings Theatre before her breakout roles in “Bridesmaids” and CBS’ just-canceled “Mike & Molly.” McCarthy has also starred in “St. Vincent,” “Spy,” “Identity Thief,” and “The Heat.” Her “Ghostbusters” remake comes out in July.

McCarthy had previously won MTV Movie Awards in “Best Comedic Performance” and “Best WTF Moment” categories for “Bridesmaids.”

“Honoring Melissa McCarthy with ‘MTV’s Comedic Genius Award’ is exciting on so many levels, it’s the first time this award is going to a woman which is fantastic,” said awards show executive producer Casey Patterson. “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.”

Alongside Patterson, Garrett English and Jane Mun serve as executive producers for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. Jim Roush is co-executive producer; Wendy Plaut is co-executive producer and executive in charge of Celebrity Talent. Sandy Alouete is executive in Charge of Music Talent.

The 2016 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, airs on Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from under the stars and outside on the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, Calif.

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