December 1, 2012 at 7:04 am #266282
Who do you guys think should get the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2013? I will list the suggestions and ideas below. Keep in mind that the 15 honorees since 1998 have been composed of 11 men (Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Bob Newhart, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Bill Cosby and Will Ferrell) and 4 women (Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Tina Fey and Ellen Degeneres)
Possible Recipients for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor 2013:
Joan Rivers (frontrunner IMO)
Betty WhiteDecember 1, 2012 at 9:25 am #266284
I would be happy with either Joan Rivers or Betty White ( who isn’t even on ur list )Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantDecember 1, 2012 at 9:32 am #266285
Jerry Seinfeld’s contribution to comedy is HUGE! He should win this IMO.December 1, 2012 at 10:05 am #266286
Jerry SeinfeldDecember 1, 2012 at 10:23 am #266287
Mel Brooks or Joan RiversDecember 1, 2012 at 10:24 am #266288
I would be happy with either Joan Rivers or Betty White ( who isn’t even on ur list )
Oh damn, I completely forgot Mrs. WhiteAugust 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm #266289
I didn’t know Carol Burnett was announced back in May as the next recipient of this award.August 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm #266290
How do they choose this? Tina Fey in 2009 would have been right on the money, but winning in 2010 was still very current of them. Will Ferrell won in 2011, the one year in the last decade that he has not headlined a film. And now Carol Burnett? Not a fault of the awards, but I do not see how Gold Derby will ever be able to predict this.August 25, 2013 at 7:11 am #266291
I can see any of them winning but would prefer it to be White or Mel Brooks.August 25, 2013 at 8:01 am #266292
Larry David must be on track to win this prize at some point in his career; I would definitely put him on our shortlist. He has given speeches at the event before, so I assume they have him in their sights.
The list of previous recipients is certainly excellent, so I cannot begrudge them for not including him yet, but he is an icon of American humor and deserves the acknowledgement at some point in the nearby future!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.August 26, 2013 at 12:02 am #266293
Yeah, people are saying Seinfeld, but really, Larry David first. He was the true genius and voice behind the show, and his follow-up with Curb is just so much more interesting than Jerry’s stand up and certainly miles ahead of “Bee Movie”.August 26, 2013 at 12:19 am #266294
How do they choose this? Tina Fey in 2009 would have been right on the money, but winning in 2010 was still very current of them. Will Ferrell won in 2011, the one year in the last decade that he has not headlined a film. And now Carol Burnett? Not a fault of the awards, but [b]I do not see how Gold Derby will ever be able to predict this[/b].
Well amen for that!August 26, 2013 at 7:36 am #266295
Woody Allen or Mel Brooks. Both geniuses. Both Oscar winners. Both have inspired generations of comedians and filmmakers for the past five decades.August 26, 2013 at 8:09 am #266296
Here is a list of all of the past recipients:
1998: Richard Pryor
1999: Jonathan 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: Bill Cosby
2010: Tina Fey
2011: Will Ferrell
2012: Ellen DeGeneres
2013: Carol BurnettSeptember 5, 2013 at 2:39 am #266297
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to honor Carol Burnett at Kennedy Center ceremony
TV legend will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
By Brett Zongker (AP) Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 11:17 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will honor Carol Burnett as she receives the nation’s top humor prize 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.
The lineup of entertainers who will salute Burnett on stage also includes 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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