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FIRST ANNUAL AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS, THE (TV)

Summary

The first annual American Comedy Awards ceremony which honors outstanding achievement in the world of comedy.

Highlights of this program, and the winners, include: Funniest Female in a Motion Picture, Bette Midler ("Ruthless People"); Ed Begley, Jr., takes a walk down the memory lane of the 1970s; Funniest Female in a Television Series, Betty White ("The Golden Girls"); Funniest Male in a Television Series, Johnny Carson ("The Tonight Show"), with Red Buttons accepting the award for Carson; Whoopi Goldberg does a tribute to the television sitcom "I Remember Mama"; Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic, Lily Tomlin; the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Norman Lear and clips of his shows such as "All in the Family," "Good Times," "Maude," "The Jeffersons," and "One" are shown; Funniest Male Stand-Up Comic, Robin Williams; Funniest Record/Video for a Male or Female, Bette Midler ("Mud Will Be Flung"); Funniest Newcomer Male or Female, Woody Harrelson ("Cheers"); Ed McMahon receives an award for Favorite Second Banana and the trophy is played by Tim Conway; Steven Wright does a stand-up routine; the Lifetime Achievement Award for Females is presented to Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Bette Midler, and Lily Tomlin; Female Performer of the Year, Bette Midler; Mark Russell performs a politically-based routine; Funniest Television Star in a Special - Male or Female, Robin Williams ("An Evening at the Met"); the Lifetime Achievement Award for Males is presented to Steve Allen, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, and Jonathan Winters; Male Performer of the Year, Robin WIlliams; and Male Performance in a Motion Picture, Woody Allen ("Hannah and Her Sisters"). Includes commercials and promos.

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: May 19, 1987 Tuesday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:57:32
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:10587
  • GENRE: Award presentations
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy; Comedy awards
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV series, 1987-
  • COMMERCIALS:
    • TV - Commercials - "Ernest Goes To Camp" (feature film)
    • TV - Commercials - "Spaceballs" (feature film)
    • TV - Commercials - American Express credit card
    • TV - Commercials - Budweiser beer
    • TV - Commercials - Dodge Daytona automobiles
    • TV - Commercials - Doublemint chewing gum
    • TV - Commercials - Dr. Pepper soda
    • TV - Commercials - Hanes clothing
    • TV - Commercials - Honda motor scooters
    • TV - Commercials - Juicy Fruit chewing gum
    • TV - Commercials - Lipton iced tea
    • TV - Commercials - Polaroid cameras
    • TV - Commercials - US Sprint phone systems
    • TV - Promos - "ABC News Brief"
    • TV - Promos - "ABC World News Tonight"
    • TV - Promos - "Cracked Up"
    • TV - Promos - "Diana Ross... Red Hot Rhythm & Blues"
    • TV - Promos - "Good Morning America"
    • TV - Promos - "Head of the Class"
    • TV - Promos - "Hotel"
    • TV - Promos - "In Self Defense"
    • TV - Promos - "Indianapolis 500"
    • TV - Promos - "Perfect Strangers"

CREDITS

  • George Schlatter … Executive Producer, Writer
  • Gary Necessary … Associate Producer
  • Walter C. Miller … Director
  • Digby Wolfe … Writer
  • Bob Arnott … Writer
  • Thomas Chase … Music by
  • Steve Rucker … Music by
  • Brit Hume … Reporter, For ABC News Brief promo
  • Steve Allen
  • Louie Anderson
  • Army Archerd
  • Bea Arthur
  • Mark Linn Baker
  • Lucille Ball
  • Roseanne Barr (See also: Roseanne Arnold)
  • Ed Begley
  • Red Buttons
  • Sid Caesar
  • George Carlin
  • Carol Channing
  • Tim Conway
  • Julia Duffy
  • Bonnie Franklin
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Bob Goldthwait
  • Gilbert Gottfried
  • Ellen Greene
  • Pee Wee Herman (See also: Paul Reubens)
  • Norman Lear
  • Jon Lovitz
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Jackie Mason
  • Walter Matthau
  • Ed McMahon
  • Bette Midler
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Carroll O'Connor
  • Bronson Pinchot
  • Carl Reiner
  • Rob Reiner
  • Joan Rivers
  • Mark Russell
  • Isabel Sanford
  • Peter Scolari
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Betty White
  • Don Wilder
  • Jonathan Winters
  • Steven Wright
  • Henny Youngman
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