Laughter abounded at the Kennedy Center as Tina Fey received the 13th annual Mark Twain Award.
FUNNY LADY: “Saturday Night Live” sensation and “30 Rock” star Tina Fey was everything the Kennedy Center could have hoped for as recipient of the 13th annual Mark Twain Award for humor and not just because the event raised a cool $1.3 million for programs, performances and outreach. This year also marked the first time the prize was presented to someone so young (Fey is 40). Previous awardees, usally at the end of long careers, have included Jonathan Winters, Bob Newhart, Carl Reiner, Lily Tomlin, and Bill Cosby.
FUNNY NIGHT: The Concert Hall was jammed with fans eager to see Tina’s friends and fellow comics roast and salute her, including Steve Martin, Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, and the irrepressible Betty White. Fey took the stage, glamorous in a black Oscar de la Renta, her hair in an uncharacteristic upsweep. Highlighting the evening was an elegant dinner in the Kennedy Center Atrium with such committed patrons as Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith,Jacqueline Mars, Adrienne Arsht, Bob Barnett, as well as Rita Braver, Susan Eisenhower, and Sharon Rockefeller.
INTERERESTING ASIDE: The event occurred on the same date that John F. Kennedy was announced the elected president 50 years before. This year also marked the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s death.