updated 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
After a brief tribute to comedians John Candy (see page 92) and Bill Hicks, who each had died days earlier, the repartee began in earnest. Eying Jack Nicholson, who was charged on Feb. 28 with smashing a fellow motorist's windshield with a golf club, Jack Carter said he planned to hold on to his post-earthquake party favor—a plastic hard-hat—"in case I run into [Jack] on the way home." Calvert De-Forest, accepting the award for Funniest Male Lead in a TV Series on behalf of his boss, David Letterman, was introduced as Valerie Bertinelli and began with a solemn, "Friends, colleagues and esteemed members of NATO nations..." Hail, Freedonia!