Actor Will Ferrell will be honoured with the inaugural Comedic Genius Award at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards.
The Anchorman star is being recognised for his long-running comedy career, which began on US sketch show Saturday Night Live in the 1990s before he found fame as a film comedian.
"Will Ferrell epitomises what it means to be a comedic genius and it's only fitting that he should be the inaugural recipient of this award," Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, said.
"Over the course of his extraordinary, 17-plus-year career, he has entertained audiences across the globe with an impressive array of laugh-out-loud performances on air, online and in films. Simply put, Will Ferrell is 'kind of a big deal'."Ferrell will be handed the prize at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14.
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