Lady Gaga isn’t the only entertainer who has turned out the quips for an ACE Awards ceremony with her comment about condoms being her favorite accessory. The event has a lengthy history of amateur comedians trying out their material:

1997: Joan Rivers, the only actual comic to receive an ACE award, said, “To get this award for doing something you love is like getting an award for sleeping with Mel Gibson.” (One has to be curious if she’d still feel the same affection for this controversial leading man today.)

1998: Kathie Lee Gifford, referring to her battle with her signature clothing label’s sweatshop allegations, declared the evening, “so much more fun than testifying before Congress.”

2003: Eartha Kitt appealed to the accessories executives and designers in the crowd when she said: “It’s always been difficult to find something to accessorize with….All of you who are accessorizing will have to help. I am in the Eugene O’Neill Theater. I expect something within the next week.”

2004: Kim Cattrall took a typically saucy approach and said her favorite accessory was “a man and preferably more than one.”

2005: Betsey Johnson was characteristically uninhibited when she accepted her award and declared, “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this award….What do I have to be, a hundred [to get noticed]?”

2006: Amy Gross, editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine, asserted, “Accessories are the most fun you can have with your clothes on.”

2008: Chloë Sevigny presented Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière the Designer of the Year award and described her experience in Balenciaga heels: “They must have been five inches high…and I never felt more powerful walking down the street — that is, until the pavement met my face and I went down in them.”

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