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Carol Burnett Receives Mark Twain Prize

Oct 21, 2013 10:17 AM ET
by Liz Raftery

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the country’s top humor honor, over the weekend.

“This is very encouraging,” Burnett said in her acceptance speech, The Associated Press reports. “It was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington. With any luck, they’ll soon get voted out, and I’ll still have the Mark Twain prize.”

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The Carol Burnett Show ran from 1967 to 1978.

Julie AndrewsTony BennettMartin ShortTina Fey and Amy Poehler performed at the ceremony on Sunday in Burnett’s honor, according to the AP. “You mean so much to me,” Fey, a past recipient of the prize, told her. “I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy.”

Other previous honorees include Bill CosbyEllen DeGeneres and Steve Martin.

The event will be broadcast on PBS on Nov. 24.


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