Carol Burnett accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night in front of a sold-out crowd at the Kennedy Center.
In black Oscar de la Renta, Tina Fey joked that the audience was assembled to “celebrate the first lady of American comedy, Ted Cruz.” Fey said her admiration of Burnett was so effusive, it was “just shy of creepy.”
Martin Short said that Washington only supported Burnett because she “had an approval rating above 12 percent.”
Tony Bennett serenaded Burnett with “The Way You Look Tonight.”
Julie Andrews, a friend of Burnett’s for more than 50 years, said “my squeaky clean image goes right out the door when I’m around her.” They performed in Washington together in 1965 for Lyndon Johnson’s inaugural.
“I’m still having a great ride,” said Burnett, 80. “But this prize is the cherry on the sundae.”
After the program, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, David Rubenstein, and Jonathan Witter, president of retail and direct banking of Capital One, the event’s sponsor, ate dinner in a room decorated like the set of “The Carol Burnett Show.” Burnett hummed along to tunes from “Saturday Night Fever.”
“The government is open, and the moon is out,” said Stuart Holliday, before taking his seat for the dinner at the White-Meyer House on Friday night.
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