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Carol Burnett will receive the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

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(Read caption) Carol Burnett will be the 2013 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. “It’s almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” says Burnett.

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Carol Burnett has been chosen to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for this year. The award will be given to the comedian in a ceremony this October.

“I can’t believe I’m getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center,” Burnett said in a statement. “It’s almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington.”

Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein praised Burnett's ability to make audiences laugh over many decades.

“From her television program and appearances, as well as her performances on Broadway and in film, Carol Burnett has entertained generations of fans with her vibrant wit and hilarious characters,” Rubenstein said in a statement

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