Carol Burnett Receives Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
On Sunday night the legendary Carol Burnett received the top honor for any entertainer, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The host of the long-running CBS variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, spent the evening in Washington DC where the night was celebrated by some big names in modern comedy: Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, and Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz.
The Mark Twain Prize includes a bevy of past winners, including Richard Pryor, George Carling, Bill Cosby and Tina Fey. Burnett, considered by many to be the queen of variety television, is a masterful sketch comedy performer.
The Carol Burnett Show ran from 1967 to 1978 and won 25 Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. She paved the way for woman in comedy today, as Fey included in her speech at the ceremony.
“A lot of female comediennes are going to come out and say that ‘I love you so much,’ but I’m saying it first!” She added, “I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy.”
The ceremony will air on PBS on November 24.