Carol Burnett on Her SAG Life Achievement Award: "I'm So Happy I Pushed That Button"
Carol Burnett is a Hollywood legend, and she has a brand-new award to show for it. At Saturday's 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had the honor of presenting Burnett with the Life Achievement Award.
The 82-year-old actress, who hilariously took on the red carpet in a pair of slippers (below), led the way for women in comedy from her Broadway debut in Once Upon a Mattress to the 11 years of her comedy variety show. Fey and Poehler revealed that they grew up watching The Carol Burnett Show and were inspired by both her comedic chops and her ability to call the shots.
“It was important for us to see that Carol was also the boss. It was her show,” Fey said. “It made us dream of a life where we could get paid to make comedy with our friends but also be their boss,” she joked.
But in her acceptance speech, Burnett revealed that the network was initially hesitant to hand the reins over to her. “It’s really not for a gal,” she said of the response she got after pitching her namesake series. “Comedy variety is a man’s game.”
Yet Burnett persevered and paved the way for women in comedy. “I’m so happy I pushed that button.” Carol, so are we.