Just for Laughs honors “The Hangover” helmer Todd Phillips with the Comedy Director of the Year Award, and Etan Cohen with the Comedy Writer of the Year Award. Phillips’ resume includes such solid laffer B.O. earners as “Old School,” but the “The Hangover” has launched him into the Hollywood stratosphere, becoming one of the box office hits of the season, with a $222 million gross, and counting — and one of the most successful R-rated films ever.
Cohen has, in recent years, become one of the go-to scribes for penning bigscreen comedies. He co-wrote the Ben Stiller pic “Tropic Thunder,” and he also wrote the animated hit “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” Cohen first made a name for himself writing episodes of the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-head,” before moving on as story editor and later co-exec producer of “King of the Hill.” He is currently writing a comedy inspired by the Sherlock Holmes books that’s set to star Sacha Baron Cohen as the iconic British detective and Will Ferrell as his sidekick Dr. Watson.