Who would have thought an acceptance speech could actually be entertaining.
By all accounts, the ceremony awarding Carol Burnett with the Mark Twain Prize last night (Sunday) was a roaring success. The comedienne has been a fixture in television for the past five decades, ever since launching her eponymous variety show in the 1960s. Since then she has been busting taboos and representing women in television with style. Sunday saw her honored with the prize at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
There are few people, who deserve it more.
As per comedic tradition, she was also honored (read: roasted) by some of the top names in the business: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Julie Andrews and Tony Bennett all performed in honor of the legendary comedienne. The show was taped and will air on November 24, which is great for all those, who enjoy a bit (or a lot) of that trademark Burnett snark. "This is very encouraging," Burnett, 80, deadpanned in accepting the prize,.
"I mean 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."
Burnett accepted the prize with her trademark wit.
As one might expect after a full-blown government shutdown, there was plenty of topical humor to go around. Tina Fey opened the show with the admittedly brilliant line: “"Enough politics. We are here tonight to celebrate the first lady of American comedy, Ted Cruz," Fey said, referring to the Texas senator who took a prominent role during the shutdown.
So all in all, a good time for the type of viewer, who enjoys political commentary on Comedy Central. And of course, all those who simply enjoy Carol Burnett’s existance.
Congratulations to a great comedian!