Tanner Stransky
July 02, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The most sidesplitting moments in Broadway’s Promises, Promises come in the second act — but not at the hands of stars Sean Hayes or Kristin Chenoweth. Instead, Katie Finneran sends the crowd into stitches with her delirious barfly. ”She’s drunk, joyful, and a maniac,” says Finneran, 39, who just won a Tony for her role. ”My character gives you what I call the ugly laugh, where you’re not really worried about whether people are watching you laugh. It’s not a polite laugh.”

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