Carol Burnett is the 2013 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Queen of TV sketch comedy will be honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington on October 20th -- in a gala that PBS will air 10 days later.

Burnett, who grew up in poverty in L.A. worshiping the glamour of the movies, got her break on TV as a cast member on Garry Moore's CBS variety series. Many of the elements of that program were brought to her own CBS series. Between 1967 and '78, Carol mixed topical comedy, big name guest stars and homages to show biz -- her Gone With the Wind parody is often ranked among TV's greatest moments. Burnett says in a statement, "It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington."

SourceAssociated Press