Carol Burnet Set To Receive Nation’s Top Humor Prize

WASHINGTON (September 4, 2013)--Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will honor veteran entertainer Carol Burnett as she receives the nation's top humor prize next month in Washington.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is awarding Burnett the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20.

The show will be broadcast on PBS stations Nov. 24.

Entertainers lined up to salute Burnett on stage also include Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

Burnett became famous playing a variety of characters in sketch comedy routines for 11 years on TV's "The Carol Burnett Show."

She had her breakout on Broadway in "Once Upon a Mattress" while also appearing on morning TV.

The prize honors Mark Twain's tradition of satire and social commentary.

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