The Straits Times
Published on Oct 23, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres to receive top humour prize in DC


WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of the nation's top comedians hailed Ellen DeGeneres as a trailblazer on Monday night as she received the highest United States humour prize.

The Kennedy Centre is awarding DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. The show will be broadcasted on Oct 30 on Public Broadcasting Service stations.

On the red carpet before the show, DeGeneres said she doesn't see herself as political with her comedy, even though she's been a trailblazer.

"I just want to make people happy and make people laugh," she said.