‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Sister Act,’ Crystal top comedy awards

“Seinfeld” swept the seventh annual American Comedy Awards Sunday night, garnering three trophies for funniest performers, while “Sister Act” and Billy Crystal followed with two awards each.

Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for the small screen’s male lead, and supporting male and female, respectively.

“Sister Act’s” Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Najimy pulled in awards for the lead and supporting film actresses, while Billy Crystal landed awards for Creative Achievement and hosting last year’s Academy Awards telecast.

More than two dozen comics were on hand to present and receive the awards — whose recipients were chosen by more than 3,400 comedy industry reps — before a packed house at the Shrine Exposition Hall. ABC will broadcast the George Schlatter production tonight. All proceeds from the sales of the $ 20 awards program and comedy directory will go to Comic Relief.

Roseanne Arnold won for female lead in a series.

Additional winners included Bette Midler for the female performer in a TV spec for the penultimate “Tonight Show”; “My Cousin Vinny’s” Joe Pesci for the lead actor in a motion picture, and “A League of Their Own’s” Tom Hanks for supporting male in a motion picture.

Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Shirley MacLaine and Richard Pryor, who earned a standing ovation when Eddie Murphy introduced him. “When you see young, black comedians today, you see his influence on everyone,” Murphy said. “He’s the cat that started it all.”

The Stand-Up Comic Audience Awards went to Pam Stone and Richard Jeni, who were chosen by comedy club representatives and Comedy Central viewers.