American Comedy Awards - Begun May 19,1987,
this award honors excellence in comedy. The
program featured a number of firsts. It was the
first time stars from cable and syndicated
series competed against network television
programs; the first opportunity for comedians to
vote for who they thought were funny; and the
first time network television had given a full
two-hours to honor the funniest people in show
3200 comedians cast ballots to
choose winners from 13 categories, including
funniest male and female entertainer in a TV
series, movie and stand up comedy. The award
trophy was a smiling golden mask encased in a
block of clear plastic.
Only those performers working in comedy were eligible to vote for the
winners. Selections were tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers to determine
the top performances in each category.
The American Comedy Award is now defunct as of 2001. The Comedy Central
cable network continued the concept of a comedy award with the "Commie
Awards," but that celebration, too, was short lived, as of 2003.
Christopher Walken holds ACA Award (2001)
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