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  • Macbeth
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    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:

    Woody Allen
    Roseanne Barr
    Lewis Black
    Mel Brooks
    Steve Carell
    Louis C.K.
    Stephen Colbert
    Eddie Murphy
    Joan Rivers (frontrunner IMO)
    Jerry Seinfeld
    Wanda Sykes
    Betty White

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    Laactingnyc
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    I would be happy with either Joan Rivers or Betty White ( who isn’t even on ur list )

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Jerry Seinfeld’s contribution to comedy is HUGE! He should win this IMO.

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    BamaEd
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    Mel Brooks
    Joan Rivers
    Woody Allen
    Jerry Seinfeld

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    24Emmy
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    Mel Brooks or Joan Rivers

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    Macbeth
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    I would be happy with either Joan Rivers or Betty White ( who isn’t even on ur list )

    Oh damn, I completely forgot Mrs. White

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    24Emmy
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    I didn’t know Carol Burnett was announced back in May as the next recipient of this award.

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    Riley
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    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.

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    vinny
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    I can see any of them winning but would prefer it to be White or Mel Brooks.

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    David Buchanan
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    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.

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    Renaton
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    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”. 

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    Münster
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    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!

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    unsunganthem
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    Woody Allen or Mel Brooks. Both geniuses. Both Oscar winners. Both have inspired generations of comedians and filmmakers for the past five decades.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    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 Burnett

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    24Emmy
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    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.

    Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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