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WASHINGTON (AP) - “Saturday Night Live” comics on Tuesday were celebrating the work of Tina Fey _ best known for her Emmy Award-winning impression of Sarah Palin _ as the comedienne and writer receives the nation’s top humor prize at the Kennedy Center.
At 40, Fey is the youngest to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor that was created in 1998. She’s the third woman to receive it after Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.
“You can’t learn talent,” he said. “But you can learn work ethic. She’s the hardest worker. She’s an assassin.”
Fey said before the show that the award was humbling.
“All of the other people who received this prize are heroes of mine,” she said. The honor is special because it’s not just from the entertainment world but the Kennedy Center and the larger performing arts world, she said.
Earlier, when the prize was announced, Fey hinted she didn’t feel worthy, joking that she assumed Betty White was disqualified “for steroid use.”
Not to be outdone, on the red carpet, the 88-year-old White praised Fey’s “intelligence and her sense of comedy.”
However, she deadpanned, “Too bad she’s not good looking.”
White also will take the stage to honor Fey. They performed together on “SNL” in May for which White won rave reviews as host.
The humor prize honors those who define contemporary comedy. Last year, it went to Bill Cosby. Organizers said Fey made her mark as the first female head writer on “SNL” as well as her Palin impression.
Steve Martin, Jennifer Hudson, Steve Carell and Jon Hamm also will honor the comic.
Fey got her start with Chicago’s The Second City improv group. She worked on “SNL” for nine seasons and went on to create the NBC comedy series “30 Rock,” in which she stars with Alec Baldwin. On the big screen, Fey recently starred with Carell in “Date Night” and is a featured voice in “Megamind,” which debuted at No. 1 at the box office last weekend.
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