Melissa McCarthy became the first female to accept the Comedic Genius award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards on Saturday, April 9.
McCarthy crowd-surfed to meet co-hosts The Rock and Kevin Hart onstage, where 2015 Comedic Genius recipient Hart then accidentally knocked the golden popcorn award to the ground. After jokingly referring to him as "The Rock's assistant," she wondered whether he'd be able to keep the gig following that major eff up.
The comedienne then delivered a heartfelt, emotional speech dedicated to all the female comedic geniuses who have come before her and stand beside her on the big screen today without such recognition. She said,
I may be the first woman to receive this award but am certainly not the first one to deserve it. I am a walking human patchwork of other remarkable funny women who I loved and studied over the years, and I have been stealing from these amazing women and so many people are here tonight that I could add to the list.
Among a long list of well-known female comics, the "Spy" actress attributed much of her talent in the comedic world to her mother, who taught her to never fear being the butt of the joke, to not worry about being likable or perfect and "to lovingly go for the kill."
Before exiting the stage, however, "The Boss" actress took a quick moment to thank a male pioneer, Bruce Springsteen, for his exemplary support for the LGBT community recently.
On Friday, Springsteen announced via Facebook he would be canceling his Greensboro, North Carolina show as a result of the state's new anti-LGBT law. To this, McCarthy stated,
Who knew Bruce Springsteen could get even cooler?
McCarthy won the MTV Comedic Genius award for her long line of work including "Gilmore Girls," "Bridesmaids," "The Heat," "Identity Thief," "Mike & Molly" and 2016's upcoming "Ghostbusters" all-female remake.