Carol Burnett receives top U.S. humor prize in DC

Carol Burnett is honored with the Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center on Sunday in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Carol Burnett has been awarded the nation’s top humor prize in Washington in a show featuring top performers including Julie Andrews, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts awarded Burnett the 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Burnett deadpanned that the award is very encouraging. She says it was a long time in coming, but she understands because there are so many people funnier than she is, especially in Washington.

Fey opened the show with accolades for Burnett and some jokes about the recent government shutdown.

She says she loves the trailblazing Burnett “in a way that is just shy of creepy.”