Posts tagged as mark twain

Carol Burnett Will Receive the Mark Twain Humor Prize This Year

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is going to Carol Burnett this year, the Kennedy Center announced today. The lifetime achievement award, given out annually by the Kennedy Center, is the most prestigious accolade in comedy, and this is the 15th anniversary of the prize. Past recipients have included Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, and, more recently, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey. Burnett, who turned 80 this year, is best known for her long-running TV variety show, which aired for 11 years on CBS from 1967 to 1978. In addition to the show, she has had an eclectic career that has seen her working as an author [...]

How Mark Twain Made Robbery Lemons Into Comedy Lemonade

Man, Mark Twain was holding down the early 20th century comedy scene like a champion. After he was robbed in 1908, Twain wrote a notice for all future burglars and posted it on his front door. It includes all sorts of helpful advice for those interested in thievery:

There is nothing but plated ware in this house, now and henceforth. You will find it in that brass thing in the dining-room over in the corner by the basket of kittens. If you want the basket, put the kittens in the brass thing.

The notice stayed on his front door permanently. This Twain guy really brought the LOLs, huh? [...]

The Accidental Comedy Masterpiece Mark Twain Called "Perfect"

In his introduction to the 1883 American edition of English As She Is Spoke, Mark Twain wrote some of the most glowing praise he’s ever laid on any work, ever: "Whatsoever is perfect in its kind, in literature, is imperishable: nobody can imitate it successfully, nobody can hope to produce its fellow; it is perfect, it must and will stand alone: its immortality is secure. … One cannot open this book anywhere and not find richness."

Twain isn’t being entirely sarcastic. While his claim that, “this celebrated little phrase-book will never die while the English language lasts” might be slightly facetious, English As She Is Spoke is still a [...]