MTV today revealed that Jennifer Coolidge will be honoured with the “Comedic Genius” Award at the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards LIVE on Monday, 8 May at 01:00 WAT on MTV Base (DStv Ch. 322 and GOtv Ch. 72).

Coolidge becomes the sixth recipient of the highly coveted award, which honours actors who have made incomparable contributions to the world of comedy, providing a major influence through their work and transforming the genre at large. Last year, Jack Black joined the impressive roster of past comedic award recipients including Sacha Baron Cohen (2021), Melissa McCarthy (2016), Kevin Hart (2015), and Will Ferrell (2013).

Jennifer Coolidge has been a Hollywood mainstay ever since playing “Stifler’s mom” in the 1999 comedy classic American Pie. Coolidge recently garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal of the wealthy, unstable, and oblivious fan-favourite character “Tanya McQuoid” in HBO’s The White Lotus. Her portrayal earned her a 2022 Emmy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award, two Critics Choice Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Coolidge also recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Watcher opposite Naomi Watts, in Amazon Prime Video’s romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding opposite Jennifer Lopez and Netflix’s family adventure We Have a Ghost opposite David Harbour. Beloved for her role as “Paulette” in the iconic Legally Blonde franchise opposite Reese Witherspoon, and well-known for her frequent collaborations with director Christopher Guest in films such as Best In Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006), the actress and comedienne has also made scene-stealing appearances in A Cinderella Story opposite Hilary Duff, and Promising Young Woman opposite Carey Mulligan.
Sponsors for the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards include Cheetos® and SONIC®.

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Executive Producers of the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards include MTV’s Bruce Gillmer, Wendy Plaut and Vanessa Whitewolf along with Den of Thieves’ Jesse Ignjatovic and Barb Bialkowski. Jackie Barba and Alicia Portugal are Executives in Charge of Production; Lisa Lauricella and Mike Ostolaza serve as the Music Talent Executives.

Repeats of the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards will air at 11:30 WAT and 19:40 WAT on MTV Base, DStv channel 322 and GOtv channel 72.


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