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?