Comedian Carol Burnett, who headlined her own TV variety show for 11 years starting in 1967, was honored Sunday (Oct. 20) in Washington D.C. with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Julie Andrews and “Carol Burnett Show” co-stars Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway were among the many entertainers on hand to pay tribute to the funnywoman, with Fey cracking, “You mean so much to me. I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy.”
During her time on stage, Burnett deadpanned, “This is very encouraging. 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.”
Burnett also recalls for the AP that when she was launching her variety show, one network executive told her, “‘You know, variety is a man’s game.’ At that time, I understood what he was saying, and I was never one to get angry. I said, ‘Well, this is what I know, and this is what I want to do.”
The special honoring Burnett will air Sunday, Nov. 24 on PBS.