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Thank you so much. This is a particular honor being an award that comes to actors from actors.

I have had a couple of opportunities this year to thank the loud, raucous, happy group at that table there. So I would like to do something a little different in the spirit of this evening, this actor friendly evening. I would like to pay special tribute to the other gentlemen in my category.

To an actor I saw in his brilliant, Tony winning performance in Joan Robbin on Broadway, long before anyone had ever heard of George Castanza, Jason Alexander.

To an actor whom I saw set an amazing, warm, happy, creative tone on the set of Frazier when I was a guest voice on that show, Kelsey Grammar.

To an actor, who fifteen years ago, in my twelfth Broadway show, had his Broadway debut and walked on stage and got the biggest laughs of the show, David Hyde Pierce.

And finally to one of the funniest men on television who I am shamelessly imitating about fifty percent of the time on 3rd Rock From the Sun. Who without even knowing it was largely responsible for me even trying comedy on television, Michael Richards.

Gentlemen, I am very, very proud to be in the same category with you.

To all the rest of you, I am proud to be in the same profession as you. Thank you very, very, very much. [Applause]