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Amy Poehler backstage at the 2014 American Comedy Awards

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The 2014 American Comedy Awards (which NBC televised on May 8, 2014) returned after a 13-year hiatus. The annual awards show was originally on Comedy Central from 1987 to 2001. The 2014 ceremony was previously filmed at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, where some of the best entertainers from TV, movies and stand-up comedy gathered to honor their favorites. Nominations for the awards were voted on by members of the American Comedy Awards Voting Committee, a panel consisting of 860 working professionals from the comedy community including writers, performers, producers, directors and stand-up comedians.

Winners at the 2014 American Comedy Awards included Bill Cosby, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader, Will Ferrell, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Jim Gaffigan. (Ferrell, McCarthy, Colbert and Stewart did not attend the ceremony, but most had prerecorded acceptance speeches.) A complete list of winners can be found at the official American Comedy Awards website. Here is what this celebrity had to say backstage during a brief press conference in the American Comedy Awards press room.

AMY POEHLER

Winner:
Best Comedy Series (“Parks and Recreation”)
Best Comedy Actress, TV (“Parks and Recreation”)

A lot of actors came up on stage with you when you accepted the award for Best Comedy Series. Do you want any of them as guest stars on “Parks and Recreation”?

Yes! We have Patrick Stewart, who a lot of people don’t know, writes on “Parks and Recreation,” and Key and Peele who send in jokes. Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts and Billy Eichner. Who else was up there? Aisha Tyler. We corralled everyone. The spirit of tonight, frankly, of deciding who’s funniest is very strange and subjective, but everybody in the audience tonight are people whose work I admire and respect and watch.

What has gotten easier or harder about “Parks and Recreation” since it started?

Nothing has gotten harder. Now that we’re rounding out, getting close to the end of it, we’re getting nostalgic and sad we may be ending, but it’s very rare to get a job that you love, when you love the people on it. And so I think we’re just treasuring the moments we have left.

For more info: American Comedy Awards website

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