Melissa McCarthy Crowd-Surfs to Receive Comedic Genius Award at MTV Movie Awards 2016

Actress is honored for her many box office hits

By Sara Kitnick, Kendall Fisher Apr 11, 2016 1:54 AMTags
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Melissa McCarthy is kickin' booty and takin' names!

On Saturday, the hilarious actress became the first woman to be honored with the Comedic Genius Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, following the likes of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, who co-hosted the event with Dwayne Johnson.

And when the awards show aired tonight, fans saw McCarthy crowd-surf to the stage and accidentally knock the Golden Popcorn across the stage...thanks to Hart's help.

"Thank you Mr. Rock Johnson, and thank you to The Rock's assistant," she said onstage. "There are certainly a few nuns from my old high school back in Illinois that are pretty surprised right now by the use of the word 'genius' in conjunction with my name so, take that sister!" 

"In all seriousness, I may be the first woman to receive this award but I am certainly not the first one to deserve it. I think I am a walking human patchwork of all the remarkable funny women who I have loved and studied over the years. I m only here because of Carol Burnett, Jane Curtin, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Diane Keaton, Tracey Ullman, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin [and] my mom, Sandy Lynn McCarthy."

Her mother, the actress said, taught her "not to fear being the butt of the joke, or to not worry about being likable or perfect and to lovingly go for the kill."

"And I have been stealing from these amazing women," she said. "So many people here tonight I could add to that list, and I just want to thank MTV for this incredible award, it means so much to me, and I want to thank every single person who buys a ticket for one of my movies or watches my show because you are absolutely the single reason I get to keep doing what I love so much and I really can't ever thank you enough for that."

She also gave a shout-out to Bruce Springsteen, who recent canceled a North Carolina concert in protest of a new state law that bars transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

"Thank you and just one more thing, who knew that Bruce Springsteen could get even cooler?" the actress said.

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Melissa's long list of box office hits—including Bridesmaids, The Heat and The Boss—make her the obvious choice for the honor, which the executive producer of the awards show, Casey Patterson, highlighted in a statement.

"Honoring Melissa McCarthy with 'MTV's Comedic Genius Award' is exciting on so many levels," he said. "It's the first time this award is going to a woman which is fantastic."

Patterson continued, "We love Melissa for her performances but she also writes, produces and directs comedy, so this award is incredibly well deserved. The most exciting thing about Melissa is how brave she is, you don't want to miss her moment in the show."

Meanwhile, McCarthy is ruling Hollywood with more than just awards show trophies. She's also made it a point to speak out and empower other women.

"Watching [women] become friends and then essentially become family, that's the kind of thing I root for when I watch a movie," she told Bust magazine in March, acknowledging the premise of her latest movie, The Boss. "I want to see that. I love to show women and girls uniting. I love showing that because I think so often in movies, you see women just fighting and not liking each other. That's not real life. That's not the norm."

Watch: Melissa McCarthy's Daughters Not Allowed at "Boss" Premiere