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Carol Burnett to receive top US humor prize

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By BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Carol Burnett, who became famous for playing a variety of characters in sketch comedy routines on her namesake television show, has been named the winner of the nation's top humor prize.

The Kennedy Center in Washington announced Tuesday that Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20. A gala performance featuring top names in comedy will be broadcast nationally Oct. 30 on PBS.

In a written statement, the 80-year-old Burnett says she can't believe she is receiving the prize from the Kennedy Center. She says "it's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington."

Burnett had her breakout on Broadway in "Once Upon a Mattress" in 1959. She is best known for her long-running variety show "The Carol Burnett Show." It ran from 1967 to 1978 on CBS.

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