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February 22, 2011

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Lance McMillian

George Burns (is he a comedian?), Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg

Kelly Anders

Was George Burns a comedian? One of the best! All three answers are correct. Each won Best Supporting: Burns, "The Sunshine Boys" (1975); Goldberg, "Ghost" (1990); and Williams, "Good Will Hunting" (1997). Three to go.

Jeff Lipshaw

Tom Hanks started as a comic.

Kelly Anders

Good guess, but Hanks never did stand-up comedy professionally, although he did play a comic in "Punchline" (1988). You may also be thinking of his comedic work on television ("Bosom Buddies" and a stint on "Happy Days"), and in various films early in his career.

Todd

Woody Allen and Peter Sellers?

Kelly Anders

Excellent guesses, but no. Each has won three Oscars, but both lost in the "Best Actor" category -- Allen for "Annie Hall" (1978), and Sellers for "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1965) and "Being There" (1980).

Lance McMillian

Would Jamie Foxx count as a comedian?

Kelly Anders

Absolutely. Jamie Foxx began his career as a stand-up comic, was a member of the cast of "In Living Color," and his stage surname was chosen as a tribute to the late Redd Foxx. He is the sole "Best Actor" winner on the list ("Ray" -- 2004). We're down to two.

Tim Zinnecker

I suppose John Houseman is not on the list.

But how about Red Buttons?

Kelly Anders

Tim is correct. Houseman was no stand-up comic (he is probably best known as Professor Kingsfield in "The Paper Chase"), but he did have an uncredited role as the driving instructor in one of my favorite comedies, "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988). Tim is also spot-on about Red Buttons, who received a "Best Supporting" nod for "Sayonara" (1958). One to go. Ironically, it's the most recent win.

Jeff Lipshaw

I cheated and looked it up. It's really hard!

Kelly Anders

I take that as a compliment! Where's Garrett? He usually comes up with the correct answers to the most challenging questions.

Garrett

Aw shucks, that's kind of you to say. The billable hour called all day. But I'd be willing to bet the last one is Mo'nique for her work in Precious (winning Best Supporting Actress).

Kelly Anders

Way to go, Garrett. Yes, Mo'Nique completes the list for her "Best Supporting" win for "Precious" (2010). Interestingly, this member of the "Original Queens of Comedy" and Jamie Foxx were born just two days apart in 1967 -- Mo'Nique on Dec. 11, and Foxx on Dec. 13.

Jacqui Lipton

I actually would have guessed Mo'Nique too, but I didn't know she was a comedian before becoming a "TV personality". Learn something every day...

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