Carol Burnett was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday, Oct. 20, at a star-studded event in Washington D.C.
“From her television program and appearances, as well as her performances on Broadway and in film, Carol Burnett has entertained generations of fans with her vibrant wit and hilarious characters,” David M. Rubenstein, chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., said on the event’s official webpage. “We are delighted to pay tribute to this unique and beloved entertainer.”
Burnett is best known for her comedy show “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran for 11 years and earned Burnett 25 Emmy Awards. The program showcased her ability to make people laugh and made her one of the top female comedians.
The Mark Twain Prize is awarded to people who have influenced American culture in ways similar to the late novelist and essayist. Twain taught of the importance of humor when he said that “against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” The prize is given to honor people who aim to better the world through humor.
Previous award recipients include Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Cosby, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey.
A taped version of the ceremony will air on PBS stations nationwide Nov. 24.