Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle have been given a lifetime membership to the legendary New York comedy club, the Friars Club, which boasts Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg in its ranks.
The odd couple has been awarded the Best New Buddy Comedy Duo Award for their performances in The Guard, which has grossed over €2 million.
Jerry Lewis, abbot of the Friars Club, congratulated the pair, and referring to his own partnership with Dean Martin, joked, ‘I know a thing or two about buddy movies… Only one can be the pretty one, only one can be the smart one, and only one can get the girl. But when it’s done right, both get to be the funny one, which is why Don and Brendan have emerged as the Best New Comedy Duo… and well-deserved. Congratulations from one half of a great buddy team to the new buddy team!’