5 of our favourite Carol Burnett quotes

Legendary comic, actress and writer Carol Burnett was honoured with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday.

The trailblazing performer, who debuted her acclaimed variety program The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, was feted in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington by a litany of A-List entertainers, including Julie Andrews, Tina Fey (a previous winner of the award), Amy Poehler and Canadian Martin Short.

"This is very encouraging," the 80-year-old Burnett joked, when accepting the prize. "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, who has penned several books, including this year's Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story, is the fifth woman to win the prize since its creation in 1998.

To mark this great achievement, we've compiled five of our favourite quotes from this hilarious, insightful and wise icon.

-with files from the Associated Press
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