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Julia Louis-Dreyfus received the Mark Twain Humor Award at the annual ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
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WASHINGTON – Julia Louis-Dreyfus left with the The Mark Twain Prize and a good barbecue of its celebrities at the Kennedy Center Sunday.

Famous faces Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Bryan Cranston, Lisa Kudrow, Tony Hale, Kumail Nanjiani, Keegan-Michael Key, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson and singer Jack Johnson were present to pay tribute to Louis-Dreyfus.

Colbert began things by uncovering one of the lesser-known roles of Louis-Dreyfus.

"We're going to listen a lot tonight about her characters like Elaine (from" Seinfeld) and Old Christine (from "The New Adventures of Old Christine") but I want to talk about another performance, one that really speaks to me, "said the presenter of" Late Show. "I bet you also talk to a lot of people in this room, I'm talking about Julia's turn as Jeanette Cooper in the 'Troll' of 1986."

Similarly, Kumail Nanjiani also reached the archives, taking a photo of a shoot with GQ where Louis-Dreyfus seems to be hooked with a clown, while wearing a red nose.

"I see you explaining (this picture) to your mother, at this moment," Nanjiani evaluated. "I can not believe he did not appear before today."

Tina Fey did personal things.

"I've always liked Julia, maybe because I'd like to believe we have a lot in common," Fey said. "We both studied comedy in Chicago, we both lost our virginity with Brad Hall (the husband of Louis-Dreyfus)." After taking a while, Fey added: "Only me?"

Fey continued, paying tribute to the character "Seinfeld" of Louis-Dreyfus: "Julia made the bold decision that her character Elaine Benes wore long, baggy dresses, flat shoes, oversized coats and a central pin. that she was a real comedian and did not have to give us the diaphragm to (us) see her work because, here's the secret, Julia does not fear being nasty, she's not on the screen or in person, she tries to share an elevator with her. "

Larry David, although he was not there in person, attacked the guest of honor through a video message, because he admits he is "a bit lazy."

"I want to congratulate Julia for this incredibly prestigious award," said the co-creator of "Seinfeld." "But I have to say how much it took to get it, frankly, it surprised me a bit … all the cancer, the cancer, honestly, I have to take my hat off, what a scam."

"She's a great actress, she really committed to that," David continued. "She almost forced me to go for a second, I have to say that she has done an incredible acting job … but nothing, nothing surpasses this cancer performance.

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Louis-Dreyfus was not the only goal of the night. Some pointed to Bill Cosby and The Trump Administration.

Cosby, who received the prize in 2009, which was rescinded in 2018, was the subject of some slams.

"It has honored so many greats of American comedy over the years, and so far only one award has been rescinded, let's put the poster," Colbert directed. A sign behind Colbert said: "167 days have passed since the last version of Un-Twaining."

"Skip this, pass it on," Keegan-Michael Key dressed up as Mark Twain, referring to Cosby as he reviewed the previous recipients. "It's okay, he's not looking, it's not that PBS is the first option in the moving picture box in the penitentiary recreation room."

Fey fixed her gaze on the White House.

"By the way, everyone talks about all the parallels between 'Veep' and the current administration," he said. "But I think it's more like & # 39; Seinfeld & # 39 ;, just a group of selfish (expletives) who do not care about things but themselves.

Fey continued, praising Louis-Dreyfus while suppressing the powers. "She is a tireless advocate for women's health and the environment," Fey said, "and a lot of other things that will not exist very soon."

Once on stage, Louis-Dreyfus joined Trump-bashing. "Unfortunately, the president of the United States could not attend tonight either, although he lives in the neighborhood from Monday to Wednesday."

Louis-Dreyfus also had his turn to mock the celebrities by the hand.

"Kumail, thanks for being here," he said. "It's so inspiring that you could co-opt your wife's terrible medical experience for an Oscar nomination."

"Tina Fey, you are a genius of comedy, whom I admire of all humans," he said. "Tina was also honored with the Mark Twain Award, you know, before they got really serious about that."

But the best burn he saved for his family.

"According to Wikipedia, I have two children, Charlie and Henry," he said. "You know that when you are a working mother, you really care about the time you spend away from your children, you do everything you can to be there as much as possible, but the truth is that you miss things and worry about them. All we have to do is screw up again … and then you get the Mark Twain Prize, I have to say it's worth it. "

Plus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, recipient of the Mark Twain Award: "The best medicine" for her cancer of laughter

Plus: Here's why Julia Louis-Dreyfus went public with her battle against cancer.

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