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Tina Fey Honored With Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

by Allison Waldman, posted May 25th 2010 2:45PM
tina_fey_30_rock_glassesToday, the Kennedy Center announced that Tina Fey will receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. At 40, the star of NBC's '30 Rock' will become the youngest comedian ever to receive the honor.

In her wry way, Fey deflected credit from herself, saying, in a statement, "I am truly thrilled to receive this honor. I assume Betty White was disqualified for steroid use."

For Fey, this is yet another prize in a career that's been marked by excellence. She's won multiple Emmys for her work on NBC's '30 Rock' and 'Saturday Night Live,' not to mention the Peabody, Golden Globe, Writers Guild and Screen Actors Guild prizes.

In a relatively short career that began in 1997, Fey has distinguished herself as one of the leading comic voices of the times. She became the first female head writer on 'Saturday Night Live' in 1999, then transitioned into primetime with the Emmy-winning sitcom '30 Rock.'

It's not surprising that she's been being honored with this award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to American humor. Previous humorists who've been given the prize include Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Neil Simon and Lorne Michaels, among others.

Fey is only the third woman to receive the award, following in the footsteps of Whoopi Goldberg, in 2001 and Lily Tomlin, in 2003.

The ceremony will be held Tue., Nov. 9 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. There will be an all-star lineup of comedians to feat Fey and it will be taped for television broadcast.

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I dunno. I think Carol Burnett does deserve it for her body of work on her variety show that lasted what, ten years? Don't get me wrong, I think Tina derserves it too, but shouldn't Carol have been the first to receive the award? There's always next year. Hey, if Betty White could host Saturday Night, then why not give Carol the award next year?

May 25 2010 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

Tina Fey's awesome and deserves each award she gets

May 25 2010 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

Tina totally deserves this More than Burnett she truly is the funniest & smartest woman in showbiz who started as a smart writer and then a brilliant Actress-writer I can't wait to see her get this award

May 25 2010 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sorry someone like Carol Burnett was not nominated. She won't be around forever. I enjoyed reading her recent book.

Tina has lots of time left.

May 25 2010 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Swissmiss's comment

A little early for this type of lifetime achievement award

May 25 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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