Watch Tony Winner Elaine May Present the ‘Total Mediocrity Award’

By The Second City | Jun 9, 2019

Fifty years after her first appearance on Broadway, Elaine May won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her astounding work in the revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery.

This is May’s first major acting award, although she has been a groundbreaking comedian, actress, writer, and director for over six decades–including her work as a founding member of the Compass Players, the predecessor to The Second City.

Despite this recognition being a first for May, she is no stranger to awards ceremonies. Watch as she presents the “Total Mediocrity Award” for “quietly and unassumingly producing garbage” to her comedy partner, Mike Nichols, at the 1959 Emmys…the same year Second City opened:

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