tina-fey-marktwain-prizeSteve Carell, Betty White and Steve Martin walked the red carpet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC along with other comedians, including Lorne Michaels and cast members from Saturday Night Live, to honor the woman who perhaps best personifies hip humor in the age of social media.

Tina Fey credits luck and Sarah Palin’s “crazy voice” for her meteoric rise to fame as a comedy writer and actor, best known for her impersonation of Alaska’s ex-governor (“I can see Russia from my house”), and her Emmy Award-winning show, 30 Rock.

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Fellow 30 Rock comedians, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Alec Baldwin paid homage to the 40 year-old Fey as she sat in the balcony with her husband and parents. Baldwin appeared via videotape impersonating Mark Twain who scoffed at the thought of a woman winning a prize for humor.

Besides the wit and cunning one-liners, her colleagues pointed to her indefatigable work ethic as her most admirable trait.

The show was peppered with sketches and scenes pulled from Fey’s 16-year career, a body of work that has garnered her seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four from Writers Guild of America.

WATCH the ABC News clip below and enjoy the entire show this Sunday, November 14, airing on PBS stations. (9:00 PM EST – 8:00 CENTRAL) WATCH the trailer below…

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