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(Washington Post)   Carol Burnett wins Mark Twain Prize for humor. Jerry Lewis Award for Humorless Hissy Fits still too close to call   ( divider line
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2013-05-22 11:45:22 AM  
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Waldo Pepper: Infobahn: Really?  She got this after Will Farrell and Ellen Degeneres? WTH?

I did not realize Will Farrell has received the Mark Twain, dang that is just wrong.  Ellen is funny but no way should she have received the MT before Carol.

Past Winners

1998 Richard Pryor

1999 Johathan Winters

2000 Carl Reiner

2001 Whoopi Goldberg

2002 Bob Newhart

2003 Lily Tomlin

2004 Lorne Michaels

2005 Steve Martin

2006 Neil Simon

2007 Billy Crystal

2008 George Carlin

2009 Billy Cosby

2010 Tina Fey

2011 Will Ferrell

2012 Ellen DeGeneres

No Don Rickles, Mel Brooks, Steven Wright, or even Andy Griffith who deserved to be there ahead of Will Ferrell.

I assume one has to be living to receive the award.

There are five on that list who should NOT have been given the award before Carol.
2013-05-22 11:26:02 AM  
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DjangoStonereaver: Well deserved for Ms. Burnett.

But I have to take exception to the harshness on Jerry Lewis.  Yes, he can be abrasive, but while I was never
a fan of his style of humour when I was younger I have come around to appreciate it, especially after learning
about all the technical innovations in film making he spawned (video playback), as well as his sheer business
savvy at keeping control of the rights of his films.  And then there's all the charity work he's done, so there.

I assumed it was a direct reference to Lewis' comments about women not being funny (because he thinks of them as baby-making machines or whatever idiot thing he said.)
2013-05-22 11:20:41 AM  
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douchebag/hater: Infobahn: Really?  She got this after Will Farrell and Ellen Degeneres? WTH?

And Tina Fey and Steve Martin?

Yeah she deserved the award a looooooong time ago.

And I still remember seeing the the GWTW sketch - just hilariously funny. 'Oh it's just something I had hanging around...' Gold Jerry. GOLD!

Fixed.  I think that Steve Martin, though coming after her, isn't as big of slight, if at all.  But Tina Fey before her is ridiculous.
2013-05-22 11:13:45 AM  
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And she is a sweetheart in person.  Signed my cast when I broke my arm in soccer.

CSB -  In the 8th grade, went to school with both of her daughters and very un-Hollywood.
2013-05-22 11:12:57 AM  
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Infobahn: Really?  She got this after Will Farrell and Ellen Degeneres? WTH?

Yeah, it is surprising that some other lefty mouthpiece didn't get it. Which, has been the case in recent years.

Carol Burnett has been around the talk shows lately promoting her book about her late daughter. So, she has more visible that usual. That is the only reason she gets it this year.

She should have been one of the first recipients if it really is America's foremost award for humor. Certainly, more than most of the others on that list.
2013-05-22 11:07:47 AM  
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pjbreeze: Carol could drink most farkers under the table.

I live with my mom

(Carol Burnette successfully sued the National Enquirer for saying she was drunk in public. Her mother was an alcoholic.)
2013-05-22 10:57:10 AM  
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Really?  She got this after Will Farrell and Ellen Degeneres? WTH?
2013-05-22 10:43:10 AM  
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I love Carol Burnett. She is an American treasure. I living legend.
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