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WHOOPI GOLDBERG, 'IN LIVING COLOR' AND MARTIN LAWRENCE TAKE HOME MULTIPLE HONORS AT FIRST ANNUAL SOUL TRAIN COMEDY AWARDS

 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Lawrence and Fox Television's "In Living Color," each captured two awards at the First Annual "Soul Train Comedy Awards," taped before a live audience yesterday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Richard Pryor made a surprise appearance, joining executive producer Don Cornelius in presenting Arsenio Hall with the evening's top award, the "Richard Pryor Entertainer Of The Year Award."
 In the program's most emotional moment, Hall acknowledged Richard Pryor's contribution to the comedy field. "If you're doing stand-up comedy and you haven't stolen something from Richard Pryor, you're doing it wrong."
 The awards show, hosted by Sinbad and Debbie Allen, was taped on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and will air in first-run syndication nationally from Aug. 16-22, 1993. The telecast will be aired by over 95 stations, covering 80 percent of U.S. Black households.
 Winners of the Soul Train Comedy Awards represent the year's funniest performers who specialize in African-American humor while working in television, film and stand-up comedy. Nominees and winners in the film and television categories were selected through a broad- based poll of over 3,000 African-American TV viewers and movie-goers, including radio station program directors, managers of retail music and video outlets, recording artists, stand-up comedians and actors and actresses working in the comedy field. Nominees in the live stand-up comedy category were selected by judges at the invitational Soul Train Comedy Showdown held at the Roxy in Los Angeles June 22-24, 1993.
 The Soul Train Comedy Awards was directed by Ron DeMoraes and produced by Geovanni Brewer and Don Cornelius for Don Cornelius Productions. George Duke served as musical director. The program is distributed by Tribune Entertainment Company.
 Tribune Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of Tribune Broadcasting Company, develops, produces and distributes programming for television.
 The following is the complete list of winners:
 BEST ACTRESS IN A T.V. Kim Wayans
 SKETCH COMEDY ROLE: "In Living Color"
 BEST STAND-UP COMEDY SPECIAL: Sinbad
 "Brain Damaged"
 BEST ACTRESS IN A T.V. Jasmine Guy
 SITUATION COMEDY ROLE: "A Different World"
 BEST ACTOR IN A T.V. Damon Wayans
 SKETCH COMEDY ROLE: "In Living Color"
 BEST ACTOR IN A T.V. Martin Lawrence
 SITUATION COMEDY ROLE: "Martin"
 BEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWDOWN Melanie Camarcho
 PERFORMANCE -- FEMALE:
 BEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWDOWN Darrel Heath
 PERFORMANCE -- MALE:
 BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION Eddie Murphy
 PICTURE COMEDY ROLE: "Boomerang"
 BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION Whoopi Goldberg
 PICTURE COMEDY ROLE: "Sister Act"
 FAVORITE STAND-UP Whoopi Goldberg
 COMIC -- FEMALE:
 FAVORITE STAND-UP Martin Lawrence
 COMIC - MALE:
 RICHARD PRYOR
 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Arsenio Hall
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 /CONTACT: Maddy Dowler (promotion) of Tribune Entertainment Co., 213-460-5317; Cher Patric Cox or Darlene Oldakowski (publicity) of Aaron D. Cushman and Associates, 312-263-2500, for Tribune Entertainment Co.; Eliot Sekuler or Eileen Thompson (publicity) of Rogers & Cowan, 310-201-8826, for Tribune Entertainment Co./


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