The event occurs in Washington, D.C. tonight, Nov. 9. A recorded version airs on PBS this Sunday, Nov. 14. The scheduled time in my city is 8 pm CDT, but check your local PBS listings. I remember watching the programs honoring Steve Martin and Carl Reiner, both of which were very funny.
The 13th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Tina Fey
The Kennedy Center will award the thirteenth annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Tina Fey, one of America's foremost humorists, in a star-studded event featuring a lineup of the biggest names in comedy.
... Entertainers include Fred Armisen, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Krakowski, Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, and Betty White.
"Like Mark Twain, Tina Fey offers her brilliance unconditionally," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. "Throughout her career, she's earned legions of fans for her quick, unapologetic wit and social commentary. The Kennedy Center is pleased to celebrate her broad and successful contributions to the world of comedy."
"I am truly thrilled to receive this honor," said Tina Fey. "I assume Betty White was disqualified for steroid use."
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Posted Nov 9, 2010 @ 10:21 AM
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Posted Nov 15, 2010 @ 2:21 PM
Jennifer Hudson looked great, so I'll excuse how inexplicable it was for her to drop in and sing "Respect."
Agreed. Plus whenever anyone but 60's/70's era Aretha sings "Respect" all I end up thinking is "That's not how you sing it." Jennifer was great on "Man's World" but still kind of a weird break there.
One annoyance, they kept on bringing up how pretty she is. Not denying that, she is pretty but eventually it just got tedious "Look at that!? She a GIRL! A PRETTY girl! Usually only ugly chicks are funny but not her! There she is, all pretty and funny and a girl."
Jon Hamm totally killed.
Posted Nov 16, 2010 @ 10:24 AM
I had seen a lot of the same SNL clips recently on The Women of SNL special, but the commercial for Annuale was new to me. The 30 Rock clips were not among the show's best, though I did enjoy Liz and Jenna in the bar from S1's The Head and the Hair:
Jenna: That guy wanted to buy you a drink.
Liz: Really? I already have a drink. Do you think he'd buy me mozzarella sticks?
ETA: Here is a video of Tina's unedited remarks. Here's some of what was cut:
"And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course --those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape 'kit 'n' stuff, But for everybody else, it's a win-win. Unless you're a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years - whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know - actually, I take it back. The whole thing's a disaster."
Edited by Inquisitionist, Nov 16, 2010 @ 3:07 PM.
Posted Nov 23, 2010 @ 1:41 AM
I wish they would have actually talked about "Mean Girls" and not just shown a clip. The movie was full of social commentary that's still relevant six years later.
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I had no idea WF received this award - has the ceremony been broadcast?
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Posted Nov 9, 2011 @ 8:28 AM
No, I don't completely get Ferrell being selected for this either...especially when he's still at a relatively young age compared to many of the previous honorees. Pryor, Carlin, Winters, Newhart, Cosby --- all had decades more experience than he does at this point.
Even Tina Fey, who was chosen last year makes more sense than Ferrell. She at least has a more rounded resume being not only a performer, but a writer as well. (probably even wrote a lot of what Ferrell performed on SNL )
Another who should have gotten the prize by now, or soon: Robin Williams. I can't believe they've already exhausted the list of good "veterans".
At the rate they're going, Carrot Top will probably get one in a few years.
Posted Oct 21, 2013 @ 1:50 PM
Stop the presses! This year's honoree is Carol Burnett! The program will air on PBS on Nov. 24.
“This is very encouraging,” Ms. Burnett, 80, joked. “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 all get voted out, and I’ll still have the Mark Twain Prize.”
She looks great in the accompanying photo.
Posted Oct 21, 2013 @ 3:42 PM
Carol Burnett is an American classic. Being old as dirt I remember watching her variety show as it first aired. It was something to look forward to every Saturday night. We could even be bribed to take a bath based on being able to watch that. I remember the classic Scarlett O'Hara curtain sketch, Mrs Wiggins, and so much more.
I also always loved that she loved her grandma so much.
Carol's autobiography is also a good read.
Posted Oct 21, 2013 @ 9:35 PM
Carol's autobiography is also a good read.
Oh, my gosh yes! That's one of my favorite (if not my very favorite) celebrity autobiographies.
Very happy for her - she seems like such a lovely person. And so funny in so many different ways. I recently watched some DVDs and there were sketches she did with Roddy MacDowell (so dreamy...) where neither of them spoke more than one word at a time. It was brilliant. She definitely deserves this!
Posted Nov 24, 2013 @ 10:40 PM
Watched this tonight - I loved the clips, but I think it would have been so much better if they just Had Vicki and Tim do the talking! Well, Lucie was pretty good (or maybe I was just dazzled by her "gams") - wouldn't you love to be a guest at one of her parties? I could probably listen to her childhood stories all night!
Complaints: Bruce Vilanch (who I like, but his timing was way off) and the Hilary Clinton comedienne were painful. And why have Bob Mackie's sketches? Is there a reason he couldn't have done a filmed bit like Ellen and Carl Reiner? Is he ill? I hope not. Amy Poehler's bit wasn't funny to me either. But such is the way these shows go. Some bits are great and some... less so.
But I still enjoyed the show! Just seeing the sketches, so great. I was really hoping Vicki would tell the story of the Mama's Family sketch where Tim (Mickey Hart) was going on and on about "Siamese" elephants joined at the trunk. Everyone is trying not to crack up (of course). He finally stops and Eunice turns to Mama and tries to get back to the sketch and Mama says "Are you sure the asshole's finished?" Everyone falls apart and Tim Conway falls face down on the floor laughing his butt off. I saw a bit of an interview where Vicki said that she had been warned that Tim was going way off script and she sighed to her husband "What am I gonna do?" and her husband said "Get him." I love that! That would have been a great sketch to show - but can you say "asshole" on PBS?
Carol looks fantastic, and listening to her tell her stories makes me want to go straight to the library and get her autobiography again!
Edited by CrumbyButtons, Nov 24, 2013 @ 10:41 PM.
Posted Nov 25, 2013 @ 12:08 PM
I agree that it would've been better to have Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway emcee more of the show. It seemed like it was a bit repetitive to have the younger comedians talking about what an influence Carol Burnett had been on them, blah, blah, blah. I did enjoy Julie Andrew's Mike Nichols story and love how C.B. still gives props to her "Nanny" (Grandmother).
Posted Nov 30, 2013 @ 11:47 PM
I loved seeing some sketches that I have never seen before...especially the one where Carol sings "By the Time I Get To Phoenix"...I swear I am still giggling at that one...