'Rabbit' hops to top of German Comedy nods

'How to Lose Friends' wins international film prize

BERLIN -- Til Schweiger's romantic comedy hit "Rabbit Without Ears" has won the best film prize while the Simon Pegg starrer "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" took home the trophy for best international comedy at the 2008 German Comedy Awards.

Rising star Nora Tschirner won the best actress title for her starring role in "Rabbit," as a stuck-up kindergarten teacher who falls for a sleazy gossip reporter (Schweiger).

The Comedy Awards honor both film and TV comedy, and it was established names who took home most of the evening's small screen prizes. Sitcom queen Mirja Boes won best comedienne, stand-up champ Michael Mittermeier took the best comedian award, and Michael Kessler, star of Pro7's sketch show "Switch Reloaded," took the actor nod.

For the fourth year in a row, Mario Barth took home the prize for best live act. Barth, whose stand-up focuses on the differences between men and women, will make his film debut in the German comedy "Man Stuff" in the spring.