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American Comedy Awards
Awarded for All forms of comedy
Presented by 1987-2000: American Broadcasting Company
2001: Comedy Central
Country  United States
First awarded 1987
Last awarded 2001


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 comedy and 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."[1]


ABC had broadcast a similar awards program for two years in the 1970s; it was called the American Academy of Humor and was "founded" by Alan King.[1][2]

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 Awards in what turned out to be a one-time replacement.[3]

Awards and nominations


1987: 1st annual awards

The first awards were held on May 19th, 1987. ABC determined the nominees through letters sent to "about 1,600 performers, producers, directors, writers, talent bookers and entertainment industry executives."[1] Bette Midler won 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 Allen was 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.[1]

In addition to Midler and Allen, at least nine others have received Lifetime Achievement Awards: Steve Allen, Lucille Ball, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Sid Caesar, Jerry Lewis,[4] Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin and Jonathan Winters. A "Lifetime Creative Achievement" award was given to Norman Lear.[1]

2001: 15th annual awards

The 2001 Awards were held in April 2001.[3][5]


Funniest Female Performer In A Television Series (Leading Role)

Jane KaczmarekMalcolm in the Middle

Funniest Male Performer In A Television Series (Leading Role)

David LettermanThe Late Show with David Letterman

Funniest Supporting Female In A Television Series

Megan MullallyWill & Grace

Funniest Supporting Male In A Television Series

Sean HayesWill & Grace

Funniest Female Performer In A Television Special

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres: The Beginning

Funniest Male Performer In A Television Special

Will FerrellSaturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2000

Funniest Female Guest Appearance In A Television Series

Bea ArthurMalcolm in the Middle

Funniest Male Guest Appearance In A Television Series

Christopher WalkenSaturday Night Live

Funniest Television Series

Everybody Loves Raymond

Funniest Animated Television Series

The Simpsons


Funniest Actress In A Motion Picture (Leading Role)

Sandra BullockMiss Congeniality

Funniest Actor In A Motion Picture (Leading Role)

Ben StillerMeet The Parents

Funniest Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture

Catherine O'HaraBest In Show

Funniest Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture

Fred WillardBest In Show

Funniest Motion Picture

Best in Show


Viewers' Choice Stand-Up Comic Award - Female

Wanda Sykes

Viewers' Choice Stand-Up Comic Award - Male

Lewis Black

Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime Achievement Award

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bette Midler Wins 4 Comedy Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  2. ^ Some Interesting & Creative Things We've Done from the website of the public relations firm of Barbara Meltzer & Associates
  3. ^ a b "American Comedy Awards, USA". The Internet Movie Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ Entertainment Awards Database, accessed March 8, 2009
  5. ^ "The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards". Comedy On Tap. 2001. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 


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