MTV revealed that Will Ferrell will be the inaugural recipient of the Comedic Genius Award at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards this April.
This prize “was created to honor an actor who not only provided a major influence through their work but also transformed the genre,” according to the MTV announcement.
MTV president Stephen Friedman provided this statement about the new award and its first winner: “Will Ferrell epitomizes what it means to be a comedic genius and it’s only fitting that he should be the inaugural recipient of this award. Over the course of his extraordinary, 17-plus-year career, he has entertained audiences across the globe with an impressive array of laugh-out-loud performances on air, online and in films. Simply put, Will Ferrell is ‘kind of a big deal.’ ”
Rebel Wilson, who is known from Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, will host this year’s event. The 22nd annual MTV Movie Awards will air April 14 at 9 p.m. EST.