Lifetime Achievment Winner: Robert Klein
For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences, and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television, and in film.
Born in the Bronx, he was a member of the famed “Second City” theatrical troupe in Chicago.
He was nominated twice for Grammy Awards for “Best Comedy Album of the Year” for his albums “Child of the Fifties” and “Mind Over Matter.”
He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor, and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit Neil Simon musical, “They’re Playing Our Song.” In 1993, Klein won an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in Wendy Wasserstein’s, “The Sisters Rosensweig.”
Klein has also appeared in many notable films including, “Hooper,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Primary Colors,” “People I Know,” “Two Weeks Notice,” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” and “The Back-Up Plan” with Jennifer Lopez.
Lifetime Achievment Winner: Carsey-Werner Productions
Founded by Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner in 1981, this company was responsible for some of television’s most well-known sit-coms including The Cosby Show, Grace Under Fire, Roseanne, 3rd Rock From The Sun and That 70’s Show
Comedian of the Year: Tony V
A Boston-area legend, Tony v was well-deserving of this recognition. Along with being a popular headliner at clubs and colleges all over the free world, Tony V has worked with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Adam Sandler and countless other friends and nationally known acts.
Lifetime Achievment Winner: The Smothers Brothers
For the last 50 years, Tom and Dick Smothers have been a household name, entertaining us with their comedic folk music and witty banter. Their late-sixties TV show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour put them on the map and introduced us to several stars to be, including Steve Martin, Rob Reiner and Father Guido Sarducci.
President’s award, for the continued support of the comedy arts: Vin Di Bona
Receiving his education at Emerson College, Vin Di Bona is now known as a successful producer, behind such efforts as America’s Funniest People, America’s Funniest Home Videos and was a pioneer in the realm of reality TV with the creation of Battle of the Network Stars in 1976.
Lifetime Achievment Winner:Shelly Berman
Shelley Berman began his comedy career in 1957 at a nightclub in Chicago. Since then, Berman has appeared in numerous broadway shows, performed with the famed Second City improve troupe, and has appeared in films including Meet The Fockers, The Best Man and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan.
Comedian of the Year: Lewis Black
Lewis Black is a name recognized by people all over the world. Aside from his countless appearances in film and on television, Lewis also has several half-hour and hour long stand-up specials that have helped make his a household name.
Lifetime Achievment Winners: Mort Sol
Mort Sahl’s iconic career may be most well noted for his groundbreaking stand-up technique in which he began referring to the daily headlines for material
Comedian of the Year: Steven Wright
A timeless talent, Steven was recognized at the 2006 BCF as Comedian of the Year, proving to everyone that he was still one of the best comics in the business after more than 30 years!
Lifetime Achievment Winner: Norm Crosby
is a comedian sometimes associated with the Borscht Belt, but often seen on television in the 1970s. He is best known for his use of malapropisms, and is often called “The Master of Malaprop.”
Born in Boston, he was originally half of the nightclub comedy team of Ethan Eichrodt and Norm Crosby. The act was a big draw at Bally’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. The duo enjoyed the height of its popularity in the early 1950s.
Crosby went solo as a stand-up comedian, adopting a friendly, blue-collar, guy-next-door attitude.