Tina Fey

Tina Fey

Tina Fey, Julie Andrews and Tony Bennett were on hand to laud the talents of legendary entertainer Carol Burnett as she was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday (20Oct).

The funnywoman watched from the balcony of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as she was honoured by her showbiz pals.

30 Rock creator Fey paid tribute to Burnett for inspiring her to get into comedy, telling the audience, "I love you in a way that is just short of creepy. I watched your show, and I thought I could do that".

Meanwhile, Andrews thanked the Annie star for bringing out her naughty side during their longrunning friendship "We're going on our 55th year of friendship. My squeaky clean image goes right out of the window when I'm with her".

But the laughter turned to tears for Burnett as crooner Bennett serenaded her with classic tune The Way You Look Tonight.

Burnett told reporters, "I'm overwhelmed, totally overwhelmed. I just hope after tonight they'll knock me down a few pegs because I think I'm getting a really big head".

The Mark Twain prize, named after the 19th century satirist, is America's highest honour for achievements in comedy.