The legendary Carol Burnett received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday night. The host of the long-running variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, travelled to Washington where she was tributed by large names in modern comedy: Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, as well as Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz.
The annual award is the highest honor for American comedy, with winners including Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Tina Fey. Burnett is often considered the queen of variety television and a master sketch comedy performer. Her show ran from 1967 to 1978 on CBS and won 25 Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was a trailblazer for women in comedy, as Fey reminded during her speech at the ceremony. “A lot of female comediennes are going to come out and say that ‘I love you so much,’ but I’m saying it first!” She even mentioned, “I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy.”
There’s even a way for you to honor this comedy icon. When anyone shares a photo of themselves laughing on Twitter, Instagram, or a Facebook app, you both honor an amazing woman and enter to win a chance to attend next year’s ceremony, a signed poster by the event’s presenters, or a signed copy of Burnett’s autobiography! All you have to do is use the app or post a picture to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #sharealaugh. All the cool kids are doing it. Even Glee’s Jane Lynch!
The awards ceremony will be broadcast on PBS on November 24.