October 24, 2012 02:27 PM by Donna W. Martin
The Mark Twain Prize is awarded yearly to an individual who has made a significant contribution to American humor. Over the years, the Mark Twain Prize has been awarded to some of America’s funniest people, including Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, and Will Ferrell to name a few.
According to TIME, presenter-performers said DeGeneres was worthy of the coveted prize because, “Ellen has one of those universal, observational, non-mean-spirited comedy voices,” Sean Hayes said. “When the country has become so cynical…she is one of the few that we look to make us laugh,” he added.
Many other celebrities stepped up to give their thoughts on Ellen and her amazing comedic career. According to The Washington Post, Jane Lynch said, “I saw her first in 1987 in Chicago doing stand-up at Soldier Field and it was revolutionary for me. She was amazing.”
“The girl is really smart and funny and human and universal,” said Lily Tomlin. “I’m very admiring of Ellen, appreciative of what she’s done, both comedically and for the social structure in this country,” she added.
Throughout the night, some of Ellen’s funniest moments were highlighted, a few of which included her “coming out” moment on the sitcom Ellen, some of her funniest stand-up specials, and Dory’s whale speech in the movie, Finding Nemo.
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