"It's an unusual experience to be a comedian," says Louie C.K., who is being feted at "The Comedy Awards" (presented 9 p.m. Sunday, Comedy Central).
"But it has some things in common — I mean, everybody in their lives has, you know, jealousy and despair, all these things that are part of comedy.
"And some of it is just universal."
That commonality is the reason Louis C.K.'s sitcom "Louie" has been a hit on FX and the driving force behind the comic's recognition at the second annual awards show, which was taped in New York City recently.
Louis C.K. earned four awards at this year's ceremony, making him one of the most celebrated nominees of the evening. Two awards were for a recent TV special and the others stem from the work on his series, based loosely on his stand-up act.
Robin Williams will be honored with the "Stand-Up Icon" award for his body of work spanning more than 30 years.
Tribute is also paid to Don Rickles with an award named after the late talk show icon Johnny Carson.
Work in film and television from the past year will also be recognized. "Modern Family," "Bridesmaids" and "30 Rock" are among the major works in the spotlight.
"Archer," "Parks and Recreation," "The Daily Show" and the animated Johnny Depp comedy "Rango" receive prizes, too. (And as a nod to the 2012 Oscars, "The Artist" is likewise given its due at the Comedy Awards.)
Alec Baldwin and Larry David were also 2012 nominees. True to form, David is quoted by Comedy Central as saying of his nomination and attending the event: "Does this mean I have to go?"
Winners were based on votes cast online.
Other highlights for the week of May 6-12. All times Eastern. Listings subject to change. Check local listings:
n "The Amazing Race" (8 p.m. CBS). The 20th installment of the reality competition concludes, with one pair winning $1 million, after covering five continents, 22 cities and 40,000 miles.
n "Kiss At Pine Lake" (8 p.m. Hallmark Channel). Barry Watson and Mia Kirshner star in this love story of two adults who originally met at summer camp 15 years earlier.
n "Celebrity Apprentice" (9 p.m. NBC). Donald Trump picks his final two contestants, leading to next week's finale.
n "The Voice" (8 p.m. NBC). The competition whittles it down to the finalists, with a winner being named next week.
n "2 Broke Girls" (8 p.m. CBS). In the first-season finale, Martha Stewart plays herself as the girls crash Stewart's party so they can present their business idea to her.
n "Unforgettable" (10 p.m. CBS). Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) is back on the trail of her sister's murderer, bringing Carrie to the city where the killer may have struck again, during the first-season finale.
n "United Stats of America" (10 p.m. History). As the season wraps up, comedian brothers Randy and Jason Sklar give a human face to statistics about life in America today.
n "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10 p.m. CBS). Russell (Ted Danson) confronts his past with Finlay (Elizabeth Shue).
n "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m. CBS). Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) prepares for space travel when the season finishes.
n "Food Network Star" (9 p.m. Food Network). A casting special reveals the array of personalities selected for the upcoming season (premiering May 13).
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