Kudos for cleverness to Carol Burnett, who received the Mark Twain award on October 20, reported Entertainment Weekly. Recognized as the top humor prize in the nation, the award traditionally goes to celebrities who have blazed their own trail of wit and wisdom.
Carol made a name for herself as a female comedienne in an era where men dominated the industry. And when CBS signed her to a contract, an executive informed her: "You know, variety is a man's game."
But part of Carol's humor that appealed so much to both women and men focused on mocking her own distinct style, skinny legs and flat tush included, as she explained recently.
"Designer Bob Mackie made all of our costumes for 'The Carol Burnett Show.' When we created the character Miss Wiggins, the dumb blond bimbo secretary, Bob made me a fitted pencil skirt. I asked him to alter the skirt because it was really saggy in the back, since my backside is so flat. Instead, he told me to push out my tush to fill in the gap. This gave Miss Wiggins a very rounded bum and is how she ended up with that funny walk."
In an industry where size zero celebrities are celebrated, Carol mocked the focus on weight loss and dieting. Asked how she maintained those famed thin legs, she deadpanned: ""I shave off loads of excess hair each day."
Carol also does Pilates, but quickly downplayed its role in keeping her fit for wit.
"I do Pilates. But only twice a week, so it doesn't really count!"
And for those who want to lose weight, Carol offered up these "interesting" weight loss tips.
"My interesting diet tips are eat early and don't nosh between meals. I mean, I can pack it away." However, she added, "I only eat half portions."
Recalling her career in variety, she said, "I was more of a second banana."
And we're betting that when Carol plays second banana, she manages to slip on the peel - and laugh.