Last night, Ellen DeGeneres was officially honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a ceremony at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Surrounded by her wife, Portia de Rossi, and a slew of devoted peers and admirers, the beloved comedienne called the honor the icing on a career that began more than thirty years ago.

DeGeneres first rose to prominence in the 1980s when she became popular enough in New Orleans to tour small clubs around the country. In 1986, she was invited to perform on The Tonight Show and famously became the first female Johnny Carson ever asked to join him on the couch following a stand-up performance. At the time, the invitation to talk was widely considered the highest honor any stand-up could receive. After last night, Ellen not only has that feather in her cap but also the Mark Twain Prize and a special accolade from Jimmy Kimmel.

According to USA Today, DeGeneres’ fellow talk show host has only asked for time off twice. The first was to have an emergency appendix operation, and the second was to support Ellen last night. During his time on stage, Kimmel hilariously told the crowd Ellen won this year’s prize because the committee likes to honor those who “have spent one season or less as a judge on American Idol."

Ellen is hilarious woman, and by all accounts, she’s a great person. Pop Blend sends out its sincerest congratulations to the comedienne for her latest honor. She deserves it.

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