Melissa McCarthy Is the First Female to Receive Comedic Genius Honor at the MTV Movie Awards
Melissa McCarthy isn’t the first woman to be hailed as a comedic genius, but she’s the first to take home the award of that name. The leading lady of The Boss was honored with the third-ever Comedic Genius Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards this weekend.
“I may be the first woman to receive this award, but I am certainly, certainly not the first one to deserve it,” she said after crowd-surfing her way to the stage. “I think I’m a walking human patchwork of other remarkable funny women that I have loved and studied over the years, and I am only here because of [them].”
The Spy star thanked female comedians like Lucille Ball, Bette Midler, and Whoopi Goldberg for inspiring her before giving a shout-out to her mother, who told her to forget about being likable and “lovingly go for the kill.”