Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives Mark Twain Prize

22 Octobre, 2018, 21:32 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus finds humor in cancer and the current administration while accepting Mark Twain Prize

Louis-Dreyfus explained that she felt particularly close to the situation because she graduated from an all-girls school prep school in the Washington, D.C. area, the same one attended by Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Fey referenced her famous role playing the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, on Saturday Night Live, saying she and Louis-Dreyfus "both won Emmys for playing people who should never be vice-president".

Louis-Dreyfus gained fame as Elaine - the perpetually single neurotic in Jerry Seinfeld's ensemble sitcom - but her role as a blundering politician on the HBO show Veep has brought more acclaim.

Said Fey: "Julia let Elaine be selfish and petty and sarcastic and a bad, awful dancer". "Julia was letting us know that she was the real deal, comedy-wise, and she didn't need to give us midriff for (us) to watch her work because, here's the secret, Julia's not afraid to be unlikable - not onscreen and not in person".

During last year's ceremony to honor David Letterman, Cosby's name was never mentioned. Late night host Stephen Colbert displayed a sign proclaiming, "167 days since the last Un-Twaining".

"This, by the way, is totally true and not some kind of subtle attack on our newest Supreme Court Justice - for God's sake the man has suffered enough", Louis-Dreyfus said, before concluding: "I don't think it's that amusing anymore, to tell you the truth".

Those scheduled to speak at the ceremony include Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert and previous Mark Twain recipient Tina Fey.

Louis-Dreyfus was called to the small screen after a Saturday Night Live producer spotted her at a Chicago improvisational revue in 1982.

Seinfeld says: "We had just two short pages of script, and we sat down to read the dialogue together".

That confidence was evident very early for Louis-Dreyfus, who said she knew as a young child that she had a gift for comedy. "I believed that before and now I really know it".

"When I was getting my disgusting chemotherapy, I'd cram a bunch of family and friends into this tiny treatment room with me, and we really did have some great laughs".

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"This, by the way, is totally true and not some kind of subtle attack on our newest supreme court justice", Louis-Dreyfus said".

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani grew up in Pakistan and never saw an episode of "Seinfeld" until he immigrated to the U.S as an adult.

She said: "I think it's an important conversation to have about health and health care".

"It's just a joy to do what you want to do and have success with it", she added.

At the end of the night, Louis-Dreyfus accepted her award with an extended comedic bit and a few shots at new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Louis-Dreyfus is a graduate of the elite Holton-Arms school, alma mater of Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, which Kavanaugh vehemently denied.

Louis-Dreyfus make a veiled but unmistakable reference to Ford's testimony, as she recalled a high school performance of the play "Serendipity".

"I just remember we could be a total mess - we were a total mess a lot of the times", he continues.

Louis-Dreyfus emerged from Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe before joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live".

Louis-Dreyfus has earned the most professional renown with Veep but the actress became a national celebrity two decades earlier as Elaine on Seinfeld - a show that was a cultural touchstone during a nine-year run that ended in 1998.

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