Ellen Degeneres honored with Mark Twain Award

Ellen DeGeneres honored with the Mark Twain Prize for humor

Last night at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, Ellen DeGeneres was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for humor.

MetroWeekly’s Randy Shulman and the
Washington Post were on hand and spoke with DeGeneres as well as Lily
Tomlin, Sean Hayes, John Leguizamo,Jane Lynch, Steve Harvey, Jimmy
Kimmel, and Kristin Chenoweth about her career and her legacy.

The WaPo writes:

As her friends made clear Monday night at
the Twain ceremony, DeGeneres has played splendidly across the media
gamut. She’s been an awards show host (trifecta: Grammys, Emmys,
Oscars), a sitcom star (two bore her name), a voice actor (”Finding
Nemo”), a commercial shill (American Express, JC Penney, and on and on)
and an advocate for various causes. She was even a judge on “American
Idol.”

DeGeneres probably deserves a Twain award just for one
legendary quip. While hosting the Emmy Awards just after the terrorist
attacks of 2001, she asked, “What would bug the Taliban more than seeing
a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?”

For all the talk of
equal rights, DeGeneres is just the fourth woman to receive the Twain
Prize in its 15 years, following Whoopi Goldberg, Tomlin and Tina Fey.