Just for Laughs

updated 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

SOMETIMES IT SEEMS THERE ARE SO many awards shows that it isn't even funny. But that wasn't the case at the American Comedy Awards show held on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles (and aired three days later on ABC). On hand for the seventh annual funny-fete: everyone from aging jokemeister Irwin Corey, 80, to newcomer Richard Jeni (designated Best Male Stand-up Comic), 35. Big winner Billy Crystal waltzed home with two awards (including Creative Achievement), and ailing Richard Pry or—too weak to go to the podium—accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award. Not that honors were the only reason for being there, of course. Quipped veteran comic Richard Belzer, 48, now on TV's Homicide: "You get to see the guys you idolize, and the guys coming up." Pause. "And you realize how old you are."

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