Twain Prize for Burnett
Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will honor Carol Burnett as she receives the nation’s top humor prize in Washington.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is awarding Burnett the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20. The show will be broadcast on PBS stations Nov. 24.
The lineup of entertainers who will salute Burnett on stage also includes Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Burnett became famous playing a variety of characters in sketch comedy routines for 11 years on TV’s “The Carol Burnett Show.” She had her breakout on Broadway in “Once Upon a Mattress” while also appearing on morning TV.
The prize honors Mark Twain’s tradition of satire and social commentary.
Impromptu Tyler show
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance in Nashville and performed two songs before the audience was ushered out for the next show.
Tyler was in the audience Tuesday night at the Bluebird Cafe watching four Nashville songwriters perform in the round, including Mallary Hope, Phil Barton, Lindsey Lee and Marti Frederiksen. The small, 90-seat venue is where many country singers first got their break and where many established artists often stop by to play a few songs or listen.
Frederiksen invited Tyler to sing “Jaded,” which Frederiksen co-wrote, and Tyler then jumped on Lee’s piano to belt out the band’s power ballad “Dream On.”
After the show, Tyler told the Associated Press that he had never performed in a room that small and that he was in Nashville to write songs.
Shawl-collar cardigans and sweatshirt blazers? You’ve got to be as cool as a rock star to pull off this stuff. Of course, Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5 and a mentor on NBC’s “The Voice,” is.
Levine previewed his first foray into design – a menswear line for Kmart – for a small group of fashion insiders on Tuesday. “It’s great to see all the tiny things we worked on, all the little details, up close and finished,” he said.
“Honestly, I think fashion has a lot to do with when you wake up that day; a reflection of where you are, who you are and what you’re going to do,” said Levine. “I’m not making a pretentious fashion statement, but you have to put something on, and I’m not wearing a fig leaf.”
Stewart is back and beardless
Jon Stewart is back, and the shaggy beard he grew over the summer is gone.
In his return Tuesday, “The Daily Show” host quickly referenced stories he missed – Paula Deen, Anthony Weiner’s alter ego “Carlos Danger” and Miley Cyrus’ sultry MTV dance.
Stewart had been off Comedy Central since June 6, directing and producing a movie. John Oliver subbed to strong reviews.
Back at his desk, Stewart beckoned the camera close to whisper to his audience: “I’ve missed you so much. You don’t know what it’s like in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid (expletive) thing that you do.”