The second annual LOL Comedy Honors have been canceled or at least postponed. The award show was supposed to take place Thursday at Gotham Hall in New York City. On the list to attend the black-tie show were big names like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Nick Cannon, and Tracy Morgan, all comedians being honored for their work in the comedy industry.
The announcement of the show’s cancelation came the day of the show via an Instagram post by the event’s official account. The post says that the event is being postponed but doesn’t include a new date for the show.
Comments on the post strike an angry tone. Commenters complain about already traveling for the event or buying tickets. Some expressed frustration that the event had already been postponed once, back in August. The first date change came with over two weeks’ warning.
A statement was also released on their website, stating, “We are behind the scenes working overtime to ensure success. Dates in April/May are being considered so that the event won’t conflict with any holidays and the weather won’t be terribly cold.”
Page Six also reported that the event’s creator, Marsha Taylor, said, “Unfortunately, after over a year of hard work, all of the pieces, in the final hours, did not come together,” and, “I fought like hell to make it happen.” She went on to say about the possible reasons behind the last minute cancelation, “It looked like a really big, grand production, but in truth, it’s just me . . . I did not expect it to get so big so quickly.”
The first year of the honors went off seemingly without a hitch featuring comedians like Bill Bellamy, George Wallace, and D.L. Hughley and featured the families of late comedians Bernie Mac and Charlie Murphy.
Even though the event did not happen, the after party reportedly still went on.