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‘Best’ rated best in show at laff nods

Bullock, Stiller grab thesp honors

Whatever Warner Bros.’ “Best in Show” failed to fetch during the kudos season, it made up for at Sunday’s 15th annual American Comedy Awards at Universal Studios Z lot.

The Christopher Guest mockumentary barked up the most Comedy Awards with three for funniest film and its supporting players Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara. Pic beat out Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” and Jay Roach’s “Meet the Parents.”

Sandra Bullock beat out Renee Zellweger (“Nurse Betty”) and Tracey Ullman (“Small Time Crooks”) for funniest actress in her B.O. hit “Miss Congeniality.” Ben Stiller picked up the funniest actor-motion picture trophy for “Meet the Parents.”

CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond” was embraced as funniest television series. “Will & Grace’s” Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally respectively received supporting male and female performer in a TV series nods.

Jane Kaczmarek took female performer in a TV series for her role on “Malcolm in the Middle.”

Surprise hit

The television male performer nod was a surprise as David Letterman took home a trophy for CBS’ “The Late Show,” trumping Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) and Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”).

Garry Shandling bestowed the show’s lifetime achievement award in comedy upon George Carlin, while Ellen DeGeneres received top honors for her HBO comedy special “Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning.” Other awards recipients included “The Simpsons” (animated television series), Christopher Walken for “Saturday Night Live” (male TV guest spot), Bea Arthur for “Malcolm in the Middle” (female TV guest spot), and Will Ferrell for his George W. Bush imitation on “Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2000” (male performer in a TV special).

Kudocast, produced by George Schlatter, will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Comedy Central.

The American Comedy Award winners are chosen by about 2,100 comedic performers.