WASHINGTON – Carol Burnett, the award-winning actress, comedian and Broadway performer, has been chosen by the Kennedy Center for the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the center announced Tuesday.
She is the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors, which she won in 2003. The 80-year-old is best known as the star of her variety show “The Carol Burnett Show,” which became one of the most decorated programs in television history, winning 25 Emmy Awards and averaging 30 million viewers each week during its run from 1967 to 1978. She will be honored Oct. 20 at an awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center, which PBS will broadcast Oct. 30.
“I can’t believe I’m getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center,” Burnett said. “It’s almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington.” Burnett is the 16th winner of the award, chosen for her vast array of stage and screen credits spanning five decades.
Eminem goes after Facebook
Eminem’s song publisher is suing Facebook and an ad agency, saying they copied music from one of the rapper’s songs. Eight Mile Style filed a federal lawsuit in Detroit on Monday alleging that a 30-second Facebook ad broadcast online last month copied music from Eminem’s 2000 song “Under the Influence.” The ad was featured in a webcast by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to announce Facebook Home, an interface for Android phones. The complaint says Portland, Ore., ad agency Wieden+Kennedy copied Eminem’s music “in an effort to curry favor” with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and to “invoke the same irreverent theme” of the song.
Back to Atlantic City: “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” host Chris Harrison will again emcee the Miss America Pageant this September in Atlantic City, N.J. Harrison has hosted the telecast for the last four years. The Miss America Organization says he’ll be joined by Lara Spencer of “Good Morning America.” Spencer served as a judge for the 2012 pageant. The pageant will take place Sept. 15 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The pageant had been held in Las Vegas the past six years.
Gentleman of Salsa: Gilberto Santa Rosa will make his Broadway debut in the musical “Forever Tango,” which returns to New York in July for a 10-week stand. Santa Rosa, the singer of such salsa hits as “Medias negras,” “Perdoname” and “Amor mio no te vayas,” will spend three weeks as a guest vocalist.