SAG Awards 2016 Video: Carol Burnett Receives Life Achievement Award from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may have passed the Golden Globes hosting baton to Ricky Gervais this year, but they re-teamed on Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards to honor iconic comedienne Carol Burnett.

Before presenting Burnett with the Life Achievement Award, Fey and Poehler listed just a few of her many accomplishments — naturally, at the expense of other actors in the room.

Driving home the point that comedy is much harder to pull off than drama, Poehler urged the crowd to “calm down about Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in The Revenant. So you slept in a horse and ate bison liver. Big whoop. Carol would have slept in that horse, worn it, done a song and dance and made a much funnier face after eating something very disgusting.”

Fey also mentioned a few highlights of Burnett’s filmography, joking that this year’s Rooney Mara/Cate Blanchett film Carol is actually about “[Burnett’s] longtime friendship with Julie Andrews.”

Following a sizzle reel of Burnett’s career — complete with appearances from Betty White, Jane Lynch and Ellen DeGeneres — the showbiz vet took the stage to a standing ovation, before sharing anecdotes from her eponymous, long-running variety show (and making the entire audience cry in the process).

Press PLAY on the video above to watch Burnett’s acceptance speech, then hit the comments: What did you think of her award-winning moment?

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  1. LADY_in_MD says:

    Those clips brought back memories of watching the Carol Burnett show with my mom Tina and Amy did a great job!

  2. Guest says:

    What a moving speech especially at the end with her little ear tug!

  3. Angela says:

    She’s such a class act. Lovely speech. Good to see her getting such a noteworthy award.

  4. Bravo Carol, you should have received this years ago. You are dearly loved by our family!!!

  5. JosiahBartlet4President says:

    One of the greats, for sure!

  6. Katherine Darling says:

    How wonderful, Carol Burnett Recieved LAA Congrats Carol ❤️❤️❤️

  7. AC says:

    Wonderful, talented, gracious, hilarious, generous, unique one-of-a- kind Carol. Comedienne’s owe so much to her (and to Lucille Ball). Hilarious, yet elegant…never vulgar or crass…Oh how we miss you. Those years were happy ones…looking forward to The Carol Burnett Show every week. Thank you for those times together. Congratulations.

  8. Bobby says:

    The talent in that one human being is greater than just about everything that’s come along in the last 25 years. She could do anything and has and THANK THE UNIVERSE for allowing Carol Burnett to entertain us for so many years.

    I want her on television more often.

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