Carol Burnett to receive Mark Twain prize for humor
May 22nd, 2013
11:04 AM ET

Carol Burnett to receive Mark Twain prize for humor

Being the recipient of the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor must be the feather in Carol Burnett's legendary comedy cap.

The TV hall-of-famer has already starred in the lauded - we're talking 25 Emmy wins, here - comedy "The Carol Burnett Show," not to mention her eight Golden Globes and Peabody Award, among other honors.

But on October 30, Burnett will have to make more room on the mantle. The beloved star will be presented with the prestigious Twain prize on that day at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Previous recipients of the Twain prize include Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Pryor.

In a statement, Burnett quipped, "I can't believe I'm getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center. It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington."


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  1. Ham City

    Carol Burnett is one of the funnest women in the world. She deserves this award and i will never forget the many times we've met her over the years....harvey, lyle, tim and vickie best comedy cast ever.

    All the best too Carol.

    May 25, 2013 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. i bow to carol burnett the most wonderful sweet comedian

    since lucille ball.....i love u carol...heading down memory lane with some of your videos...remember watching this with my grandparents and family....harvey, tim, lyle and vickie were also hysterical–i commend you on that show and too one of best comedy casts in history....i've gone too some of your seminars over the years and to this day you still can make me laugh...we'd love too see you come back again for a show....xo carolfan

    May 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Thanks CNN (not!)

    So, all the poop and so-called "vulgar" comments are being deleted by the mods, but the spammer, hackers and troll comments remain. Interesting set of priorities you've got there, CNN...

    May 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. i bow to carol burnett the most wonderful sweet comedian

    since lucille ball.....i love u carol...heading down memory lane with some of your videos...remember watching this with my grandparents and family....harvey, tim, lyle and vickie were also hysterical–i commend you on that show and too one of best comedy casts in history....i've gone too some of your seminars over the years and to this day you still can make me laugh...we'd love too see you come back again for a show....xo carolfan

    May 23, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. ※Sadie※

    There are many true legends of comedy. Carol Burnett is one of them. Congrats for the award. What took them so long to recognize her?

    May 23, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Rolyat

      Really!!! Shocking that Carol has not received this way before any of the other recipients. She was one of the few who paved the way. She should have received this YEARS ago.

      May 23, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SKY

    FACT: SHE MADE MANY PEOPLE LAUGH.

    May 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ray

    What I don't understand is why did it take so long for her to get this award. The other recipients are funny and deserve the honor, but Ms. Burnett should've received it before they got it. Not to mention, she's a good dramatic actress too. I love you Carol and still love "The Carol Burnett Show"!!!!

    May 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. your in denial carol...sorry.

    as long as carol can keep doing this...good for her...

    May 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Harvey Korman was not that good looking but he was so funny i would have done him...

    i enjoy funny men

    May 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CD

    She's a class act who has stood the test of time. This award is well deserved.

    May 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. One of the masters of comedy

    i have seen her a number of times and the cbs broadcasting building..she is right up there with the real lucille ball

    May 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. One of the masters of comedy

    i have seen her a number of times and the cbs broadcasting building...she is right up there with the real lucille ball

    May 22, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pliny

    Boring.

    May 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. M.A.P.

    Oh god the 'Boring' Pliny is back – where's the funny lovable poo adoring PLiny gone? Can he come out to play?

    May 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Boo

    You need therapy...please seek help..your comments are infantile and disgusting.

    May 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Denial

    going for it.

    May 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. M.A.P.

    Don't listen to them Tracy – I think you're beautiful and hilarious! Your posts really make me laugh out loud.

    May 23, 2013 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  18. Pliny

    Poop

    May 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |

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