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October 23, 2012

Lesbian comedian Ellen DeGeneres hailed as a trailblazer at Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

America’s top entertainers and comedians hailed Ellen DeGeneres as a trailblazer last night (22 October) as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

DeGeneres follows in the footsteps of fellow comedians Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, becoming the 15th recipient of the prize.

‘I’m flattered. It’s fantastic. Of course, I think “What took so long?”’ she joked.

May 15, 2012

Joins exclusive club that includes Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg and George Carlin

Ellen DeGeneres, whose talk show has won 25 Emmys, will need to make room on her awards shelf for yet another honor: the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Past winners include Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, George Carlin and Will Ferrell.

'It's such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize,' she said in a statement. 'To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder … why didn't I get this sooner?'