LAS VEGAS, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Grammy and Emmy Award-winning comic Chris Rock was revealed Tuesday as winner of The Comedian award by organizers of the Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.
Rock and his career will be center stage during a ceremony Nov. 17 at Caesar's Palace, HBO and AEG Live -- sponsors of the Comedy Festival -- announced in a news release.
"In a relatively short time, Chris Rock has catapulted from a teenage club comedian to one of the most innovative, honest and funniest comedians of our time," HBO Chief Chris Albrecht said in a statement. "Artistically, he has never been afraid to push boundaries beyond their limits, redefining and raising the bar on cutting-edge humor."
In addition to his Emmy and Grammy awards, the 77th Academy Awards host has appeared in a number of TV shows such as NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and HBO's "The Chris Rock Show" and his autobiographical comedy, "Everybody Hates Chris," is hit for the CW network.
A New York Times best-selling author, Rock counts "Dogma," "Lethal Weapon," "Madagascar" and "Nurse Betty" among his many film credits.
The 2006 Comedy Festival runs from Nov. 18-18 at Caesars Palace.