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2014: Year of the Funny Women -- Record 60 Women Get Last Laugh At NY Comedy Festival

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 10.22.2014 | Comedy
Beverly Wettenstein

With all due respect, this positive progress report on Women in Comedy is a tribute to Joan Rivers. She persevered to pave the path for generations of funny women. Rivers auditioned seven times over three years, before making her Tonight Show debut in 1965.

Jay Leno To Win Nation's Top Humor Prize

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.18.2014 | Comedy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly retired from "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation's top humor prize by the Kennedy Center for the Pe...

The 'First Lady' Of American Comedy Gets Top Honor

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.21.2013 | Comedy

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — When Carol Burnett launched her namesake variety show in the 1960s, one TV executive told her the genre was "a ...

Hooray For Ellen!

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.22.2012 | Comedy

WASHINGTON — Some of the nation's top comedians hailed Ellen DeGeneres as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the nation's highest humor ...

Comedians To Honor Ellen Degeneres

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy

WASHINGTON — Jimmy Kimmel, Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey and Lily Tomlin have signed on to honor Ellen DeGeneres with tribute performances as ...

Ellen DeGeneres Wins Top Humor Award

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 07.15.2012 | Comedy

WASHINGTON — Ellen DeGeneres, who broke ground in 1997 as the first lead character on prime-time TV to reveal she was gay, is winning the nation...

WATCH: Andy Samberg, Conan O'Brien & More Honor Will Ferrell

Posted 01.01.2012 | Comedy

Were you too busy trick-or-treating to catch Monday night's Mark Twain Prize ceremony honoring Will Ferrell? Well, you're in luck, because PBS has mad...

Will Ferrell Wins Nation's Top Humor Prize At Kennedy Center

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.23.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON — Will Ferrell, who refined his impersonation of President George W. Bush on "Saturday Night Live" and later took his presidential ac...

'SNL,' '30 Rock' Stars Turn Out For Tina Fey's Kennedy Center Gala

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

WASHINGTON — Mark Twain paid a surprise visit to the Kennedy Center on Tuesday night to honor Tina Fey with the nation's top humor prize that be...

Betty White & SNL Alum To Honor Tina Fey At Kennedy Center

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON — Betty White will join "Saturday Night Live" cast members when they toast Tina Fey with the nation's top humor prize at the Kennedy ...

Tina Fey On What Makes Her Laugh, Cake vs. Pie & More (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Tina Fey is now the youngest-ever recipient of the Mark Twain Prize For Humor. She was honored appropriately this week at the Kennedy Center by friend...

Seinfeld, Rock Pay Tribute To Bill Cosby At Star-Studded Comedy Event

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

WASHINGTON — Someone had to hold Bill Cosby back to keep him from crawling over a balcony and joining fellow comedians on stage as the stars lin...

Seinfeld To Salute Cosby With Mark Twain Prize

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

WASHINGTON — The comedian who kept NBC viewers entertained on Thursday nights well after "The Cosby Show" was gone will salute Bill Cosby when h...

Jon Stewart And Lily Tomlin Honor George Carlin

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON — The late comedian George Carlin _ famous for those "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV" _ was honored Monday with the Mark Twain P...