Last week, Tina Fey received the venerable Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Whoohoo! Though, I’ve been rather disappointed with 30 Rock of late, I still do ♥ Tina Fey, a most righteous and deserving recipient for this stuffy (Kennedy Center/PBS, represent!), yet impressive award.
A little background on the Mark Twain Prize : The Kennedy Center established the award “to recognize those who create humor from their uniquely American experiences.” Past honorees the prize, which was first awarded in 1998 to Richard Pryor, include other amazing comics, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin.
On a side, statistical note: 3 of the 12 awardees have been African American, and 3 have been women. Not, too shabby. However, only 2 prize winners were given the award when they were age 50 or under, Tina being the youngest at age 40. Due to the “American” nature of the prize, I’m guessing it will be a long time before we see anyone of any other ethnicity honored with this prize (Margaret Cho? Cheech Marin? Mindy Kaling?), especially given the current climate towards immigrants in this country.
Back to the brighter note of Tina Fey’s awesome achievement, here’s her spot-on acceptance speech from this year’s presentation:
The full program: