Burnett to receive top U.S. humor prize

Carol Burnett, who became famous for playing a variety of characters in sketch comedy routines on her namesake television show, was named the winner of the nation’s top humor prize Tuesday.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts said Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20 in Washington. A gala performance featuring top names in comedy will be taped and broadcast nationally Oct. 30 on PBS.

The 80-year-old Burnett said she can’t believe she is receiving the prize from the Kennedy Center. “It’s almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” she said in a statement.

Burnett had her breakout on Broadway in “Once Upon a Mattress,” performing at night in 1959 while also appearing in the mornings on TV’s “The Garry Moore Show.” She is best known for her own variety show, “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran from 1967 to 1978.

Carole King awarded Gershwin Prize

Carole King isn’t done with music — not yet anyway.

The 71-year-old singer-songwriter, known for such hits as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend,” was warded the nation’s highest prize for popular music Tuesday, receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the Library of Congress. She will be honored today by President Barack Obama at the White House.

Last year King hinted that she might retire. Now she plans to introduce a new song for the Gershwin Prize that she wrote with Hal David entitled “I Believe in Loving You.” She plans to release it as a single next month in tribute to David.

Bieber’s monkey now German property

Justin Bieber’s pet monkey is no longer his.

The capuchin monkey named Mally was seized by German customs on March 28 when Bieber did not produce the required vaccination and import papers after landing in Munich for a European tour.

Authorities issued an order Tuesday transferring ownership of the animal to Germany after Bieber missed a deadline to send the documents.

Wire reports