Watch Melissa McCarthy’s Shoutout To Female Comics At The MTV Movie Awards

Last night Melissa McCarthy was the first woman to win the Best Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Awards, and she wasted no time pointing out how ridiculous it was that she was the first. She made light of the comedy scene’s delayed progress in recognizing female talent, while respectfully name-dropping the women who have influenced her work.

McCarthy said:

“In all seriousness, I may be the first woman to win this award, but I am certainly, certainly not the first one to deserve it. I don’t know – I think I’m a walking human patchwork of all the remarkable, funny women who I have loved and studied over the years, and I am only here because Carol Burnett, Jane Curtin, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Diane Keaton, Tracy Ullman, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, and my mom – who taught me not to fear being the butt of the joke, taught me not to worry about being likable or perfect, and to lovingly go for the kill.”

I imagine she has a long list at home that is filled with the names of dozens of female comedians she wasn’t able to fit into her speech. It’s always refreshing when a public figure can gracefully acknowledge the people who paved the way for them without completely boring the audience with a laundry list of names. Hopefully McCarthy’s win will continue to open the door for more female comedians to get recognized for their work.

[The Cut]