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2012 | Mark Twain Prize

Ellen DeGeneres was honored with the Mark Twain Prize, the top award in comedy, in Washington. "Washington, D.C., is so different from where I grew up," tweeted the New Orleans native ahead of being honored. "When you take your top off, no one throws beads." Lily Tomlin, a past Mark Twain Prize recipient, praised DeGeneres on stage, as did Sean Hayes of "Will and Grace" and Jane Lynch of "Glee" who both credited the trailblazing comedian for making their shows possible.
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