- American Comedy Awards
name = American Comedy Awards
description = All forms of comedy
presenter = 1987-2000:
American Broadcasting Company2001: Comedy Central
country = USA
year = 1987
year2 = 2001
website = The American Comedy Awards were a group of awards presented annually in the United States from 1987 to 2001 recognizing performances and performers in the field of
comedy, with an emphasis on television comedyand comedy films. They began in 1987 and for all but one year were sponsored by the ABC television network, who initially billed them as the "first awards show to honor all forms of comedy."cite web|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE6D7133CF932A15756C0A961948260 |title=Bette Midler Wins 4 Comedy Awards |publisher= The New York Times|accessdate=2008-09-10]
ABC had broadcast a similar awards program for two years in the 1970s; it was called the
American Academy of Humorand was "founded" by Alan King. [ [http://www.meltzerpr.com/things_done.html Some Interesting & Creative Things We've Done] from the website of the public relationsfirm of Barbara Meltzer & Associates]
The last ACA ceremony in 2001 was held under the auspices of the cable network,
Comedy Central; in 2003 that network replaced them with its own Commie Awardsin what turned out to be a one-time replacement.cite web | author= | title=American Comedy Awards, USA | url=http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/American_Comedy_Awards_USA/ | work=The Internet Movie Database | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-09-10]
Awards and nominations
1987: 1st annual awards
The first awards were held in May 1987. ABC determined the nominees through letters sent to "about 1,600 performers, producers, directors, writers, talent bookers and entertainment industry executives."
Bette Midlerwon four awards, for female performer of the year, for her role in " Ruthless People", for her album " Mud Will Be Flung Tonight", and a fourth for "lifetime achievement"; Woody Allenwas also recognized for "lifetime achievement" and won competitive awards in the categories of "funniest male comic" and "best male comedian in film" for " Hannah and Her Sisters".
In addition to Midler and Allen, eight others received lifetime achievement awards:
Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen, Mel Brooks, and Jonathan Winters. A "Lifetime Creative Achievement" award was given to Norman Lear.
2001: 15th annual awards
The 2001 Awards were held in April 2001. [cite web | author= | title=The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards | url=http://www.comedyontap.com/features/ama.html | work=Comedy On Tap | date=2001 | accessdate=2008-05-19]
;Funniest Female Performer In A Television Series (Leading Role)
Jane Kaczmarek– " Malcolm in the Middle"
Debra Messing– " Will & Grace"
Sarah Jessica Parker– " Sex and The City"
;Funniest Male Performer In A Television Series (Leading Role)
David Letterman– " The Late Show with David Letterman"
Kelsey Grammer– " Frasier"
Ray Romano– " Everybody Loves Raymond"
;Funniest Supporting Female In A Television Series
Megan Mullally– " Will & Grace"
Jennifer Aniston– " Friends"
Lisa Kudrow– " Friends"
;Funniest Supporting Male In A Television Series
Sean Hayes– " Will & Grace"
Will Ferrell– " Saturday Night Live"
Robert Downey Jr.– " Ally McBeal"
David Hyde Pierce– " Frasier"
;Funniest Female Performer In A Television Special
Ellen DeGeneres– ""
Judi Dench– " The Last of the Blonde Bombshells"
Sarah Jessica Parker– " MTV Movie Awards 2000"
;Funniest Male Performer In A Television Special
Will Ferrell– " Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2000"
Billy Crystal– " 72nd Academy Awards"
Garry Shandling– " 52nd Primetime Emmy Awards"
;Funniest Female Guest Appearance In A Television Series
Bea Arthur– " Malcolm in the Middle"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus– " Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Jean Smart– " Frasier"
Reese Witherspoon– " Friends"
;Funniest Male Guest Appearance In A Television Series
Christopher Walken– " Saturday Night Live"
Gregory Hines– " Will & Grace"
Dana Carvey– " Saturday Night Live"
Bruce Willis– " Friends"
;Funniest Television Series"
Everybody Loves Raymond"
Sex and The City"
Will & Grace"
;Funniest Animated Television Series"
King of the Hill"
;Funniest Actress In A Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Sandra Bullock– "Miss Congeniality"
Rob Schneider– " The Hot Chick"
Renee Zellweger– " Nurse Betty"
;Funniest Actor In A Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Ben Stiller– " Meet The Parents"
John Cusack– " High Fidelity"
Robert DeNiro– " Meet The Parents"
George Clooney– " O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
;Funniest Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture
Catherine O'Hara– " Best In Show"
Frances McDormand– " Almost Famous"
Kate Hudson– " Almost Famous"
;Funniest Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
Fred Willard– " Best In Show"
Christopher Guest– " Best In Show"
Rob Schneider– " The Animal"
;Funniest Motion Picture"
Best in Show"
Meet The Parents"
;Viewers' Choice Stand-Up Comic Award - Female
;Viewers' Choice Stand-Up Comic Award - Male
;Lifetime Achievement Award
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
BBC New Comedy Awards
Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor
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