Burnett, of course, was the star of "The Carol Burnett Show," which won 25
Most prior recipients of the Mark Twain Prize have been known, as Twain was, for both performing and for writing. They include
The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is now in is 16th year. Its first honoree was Richard Pryor. Not all who have received the award have extensive writing credits:
Burnett is the fourth woman to receive the award, joining Fey, Lili Tomlin and 2012's honoree,
Tickets to the Mark Twain Prize event aren't cheap, but they benefit the Kennedy Center, where it takes place. The ceremony will be taped live -- something Burnett is used to -- for a later television broadcast.