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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 [...]

By Bradford Evans

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 [...]

By Hallie Cantor

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 [...]

By Mike Drucker