Tina Fey: Success thanks to Palin
Tina Fey thanked Sarah Palin for her success as she received the top comedy award in the US.
The comedian was presented with the the Mark Twain Prize For American Humour at the Kennedy Centre.
She jokingly protested her comedic style was "so typically Austrian" and thanked Palin for her success, in reference to her Emmy Award-winning impression of the politician on Saturday Night Live. Tina quipped that she had it on good authority that Senator John McCain has a picture of Tina in his office and had been getting ideas long before he picked the former Alaska governor as his running mate.
She also thanked the Kennedy Centre, which she joked would soon be known as "the tea party bowling alley and rifle range."
Alec Baldwin, dressed up as late author Twain, presented the comedian with the prize and said he thought he was surprised to learn the prize honours top comics. "Tina, well that's a funny name for a man," he said, shocked to hear it was a woman who had won because "their brains aren't shaped right".
Amy Poehler recalled meeting Tina back when they were both part of The Second City improv group in Chicago in the 1990s. "Our dreams were as big as our unshaped eyebrows," Amy said.
On the red carpet, 88-year-old Betty White praised Tina's "intelligence and her sense of comedy". Then she deadpanned: "Too bad she's not good looking."
Steve Martin, who also has taken home the award, said Tina's win meant he'd been demoted. He said he loved Tina's parody of Palin, but even more, he said he loved to read her writing. "Isn't it refreshing to find a comedian who is both really good and funny looking?" he said.
Last year, the humour prize went to Bill Cosby.
At 40, Tina is the youngest to be honoured with the award, which was created in 1998. She's also only the third woman to receive it after Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg