Carol Burnett honored with top comedy prize
October 21st, 2013
01:35 PM ET

Carol Burnett honored with top comedy prize

Carol Burnett is the latest comedy legend to be honored with the prestigious Mark Twain prize for American Humor.

The 80-year-old trailblazer, whose "Carol Burnett Show" won 25 Emmys during its 11-year run in the 60s and 70s, received the Mark Twain prize at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center on Sunday night.

As Burnett told press on the red carpet, the Kennedy Center has (rightly) been trying to give her this award for a while.

“They asked me quite a few times, but I could never work it out with my schedule,” the lauded actress/comedian/writer said.

But as she accepted the prize on stage, she wryly suggested that there were others ahead of her in line.

“It was a long time in coming, but I understand," Burnett joked of her award. "There are so many people funnier than I am - especially here in Washington.”

There were other funny folks at the gala on Sunday, including Tina Fey, who received the Mark Twain prize in 2010.

“I fell in love with sketch comedy watching your show, and you proved sketch comedy is a good place for women,” the former "Saturday Night Live" star told Burnett. "I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy."

Burnett fans disappointed they weren't in the house on Sunday night should check their local listings: The ceremony is expected to air on PBS stations November 24.


Filed under: Celebrities • television

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  1. maylene Shalom

    light went on acting began

    October 24, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. losan45

    Carol had dysfunctional parents and her grandmother was an alcoholic .. her marriage was dysfunctional.. comedy wss the only way she could cope. She is one of the funniest women in history and deserves this award. I love you carol and my friends and family will never forget your show.

    October 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santa Claus

      I met her once at the opening of a Coke a Cola bottling plant on Kenndy Road, Windsor, CT, in the 60s,

      October 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      I wish she was still doing comedy, my favorite ones were of her with Tim Conway. He was so funny, remember watching him on Micales navy. Love watching all her shows, is she going to coming back to t.v. and do comedy?

      October 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joesph

    He's better off dating Carol–

    October 22, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Meh

    Memories of a time long lost and almost forgotten

    October 22, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • pliny

      We don't care what you think.

      Keep you uninformed opinions to yourself.

      October 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carol Burnett

    I bow to the queen Carol Burnett...you are one of the legends of comedy next to Lucille Ball. I love you dearly and you still make me laugh.

    October 22, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alvarez

    Headed over to my neighbor's house to take a massive steaming poop in the mailbox.

    October 22, 2013 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. V¡xen

    Always liked her and Lucy.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sharon

    I can remember the shows so well. At the same time Red Skelton was on of my favorite shows also. How I miss good comedy. Now I watch DVD's or VHS for entertainment. Television just has to much fighting in it, and people wonder why we have problems with our young people.

    October 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric

    A legend and an American icon! Bravo!

    October 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |

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