Comedy Awards list top laughers

Performers from “Roseanne,””Seinfeld” and the features “Addams Family Values, “”Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Sleepless in Seattle” were recognized in nominations for the eighth American Comedy Awards. The made-for-TV event will air as a two-hour special this spring on ABC.

Five “Roseanne” performers — Roseanne Arnold, John Goodman, Sandra Bernhard, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf — were recognized, while “Seinfeld” picked up nominations for the quartet of Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander.

Robin Williams received nominations both for “Mrs. Doubtfire” and his appearance on the Comedy Store anniversary special. Rosie O’Donnell, Lily Tomlin , Jason Alexander and George Carlin were also double nominees.

The strangest nod may be to David Letterman, for his five-night-a-week talkshow, in a category with four sitcom stars.

The awards will be presented and taped March 6 at the Shrine Exposition Center. A list of nominees follows:

FEMALE PERFORMER IN A TV SERIES

Kirstie Alley, “Cheers”; Roseanne Arnold, “Roseanne”; Candice Bergen, “Murphy Brown”; Brett Butler, “Grace Under Fire”; Helen Hunt, “Mad About You.”

MALE PERFORMER IN A TV SERIES

Tim Allen, “Home Improvement”; John Goodman, “Roseanne”; Kelsey Grammer, “Frasier”; David Letterman, “Late Show With David Letterman”; Jerry Seinfeld, “Seinfeld.”

FEMALE PERFORMER

IN A TV SPECIAL

Carol Burnett, “Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion”; Whoopi Goldberg, “A Gala for the President”; Rosie O’Donnell, “Stand Up Spotlight”; Paula Poundstone, “45th Annual Emmy Awards”; Tracey Ullman, “Tracey Ullman Takes on New York.”

MALE PERFORMER IN A TV SPECIAL

Jason Alexander, “Comedy Hall of Fame”; George Carlin, “Live at the Paramount”; Billy Crystal, “65th Annual Academy Awards”; Dennis Miller, “Dennis Miller Live From Washington, D.C.”; Robin Williams, “The Comedy Store’s 20th Anniversary.”

ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

Anjelica Huston, “Addams Family Values”; Rosie O’Donnell, “Another Stakeout”; Meg Ryan, “Sleepless in Seattle”; Emma Thompson, “Much Ado About Nothing”; Lily Tomlin, “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

Tom Hanks, “Sleepless in Seattle”; Kevin Kline, “Dave”; Jack Lemmon, “Grumpy Old Men”; Bill Murray, “Groundhog Day”; Robin Williams, “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

IN A MOTION PICTURE

Joan Cusack, “Addams Family Values”; Carol Kane, “Addams Family Values”; Kathy Najimy, “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit”; Rosie O’Donnell, “Sleepless in Seattle”; Lily Tomlin, “Short Cuts.”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

IN A MOTION PICTURE

Pierce Brosnan, “Mrs. Doubtfire”; Chris Elliott, “Groundhog Day”; Harvey Fierstein, “Mrs. Doubtfire”; Charles Grodin, “Dave”; Michael Keaton, “Much Ado About Nothing”; Christopher Lloyd, “Addams Family Values.”

TV SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sandra Bernhard, “Roseanne”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Seinfeld”; Faith Ford, “Murphy Brown”; Sara Gilbert, “Roseanne”; Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne.”

TV SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jason Alexander, “Seinfeld”; Phil Hartman, “Saturday Night Live”; Michael Richards, “Seinfeld”; Rip Torn, “The Larry Sanders Show”; Jerry Van Dyke, “Coach.”

FEMALE LIFETIME

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Bea Arthur, Cloris Leachman, Elaine May, Joan Rivers, Jean Stapleton.

MALE LIFETIME

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Milton Berle, George Carlin, Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Dick Van Dyke.

FEMALE STANDUP COMIC

Margaret Cho, Diane Ford, Stephanie Hodge, Kathleen Madigan, Margaret Smith.

MALE STANDUP COMIC

Carrot Top, Will Durst, Bill Hicks, Dom Irrera, George Wallace.

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