Tina Fey Bashes Ted Cruz at Carol Burnett Honors

Uh-oh, Tina Fey is going for laughs as funny as "rape kit" jokes again at a supposedly staid PBS event. Just as she bashed pro-life Sarah Palin when she won the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010 (which PBS edited out), Lisa de Moraes at Deadline Hollywood reports Fey whacked at Ted Cruz when Carol Burnett was awarded the same prize.

Fey cracked: “Enough politics. We are here tonight to celebrate the First Lady of American Comedy, Ted Cruz.” That's a guaranteed side-splitter if you think Chris Matthews is profound. Even Burnett made a vague joke about clownish politicians:

“This is very encouraging. I mean it was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington," Burnett said. "With any luck, they’ll soon get voted out, and I’ll still have the Mark Twain Prize.”

As for the “long time in coming,” it is a little odd that the Kennedy Center poobahs would honor Tina Fey and Ellen Degeneres before they got around to Carol Burnett. The PBS broadcast of this ceremony is slated for November 24.

Tim Graham
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