BetteBack March 2, 1993: Bette Midler Wins An American Comedy Award

Cedar Rapids Gazette
March 2, 1993


LOS ANGELES (AP) – The top three roles in comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s NBC series got the most top prizes at the American Comedy Awards.

Shirley MacLaine and Richard Pryor received lifetime achievement awards for their wit. Billy Crystal’s way with the national funny bone took the creative achievement award.

Seinfeld of “Seinfeld” was recognized as funniest actor; the show’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus won funniest supporting actress; and fellow actor Jason Alexander took funniest supporting actor in the TV series category.

The awards show will air Wednesday on ABC-TV.

George Schlatter, an independent producer who stages the award ceremony, solicited nominations from more than 4,000 members of the entertainment industry, from booking agents to comedy clubs. Ballots listing final nominees were sent to more than 1,000 comedy performers nationwide.

Other recipients:

Funniest actress in a television series, lead: Roseanne Arnold for “Roseanne” on ABC.

Actress in a TV special: Bette Midler, “2nd to the Last Tonight Show” on NBC.

Actor in a TV special: Billy Crystal, “The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation” on ABC.

Actress in a motion picture, lead: Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act.”

Actor in a motion picture, lead: Joe Pesci, “My Cousin Vinny.”

Supporting actress in a motion picture: Kathy Najimy, “Sister Act.”

Supporting actor in a motion picture: Tom Hanks, “A League of Their Own.”

Stand-up comic, female: Pam Stone.

Stand-up comic, male: Richard Jeni

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