Published Oct 22, 2018Julia Louis-Dreyfus was announced as the winner of the Mark Twain Prize earlier this year, and last night (October 21), she accepted the award at a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Fellow comedians including Tina Fey and Jerry Seinfeld praised the Veep star, before she took to the stage to offer her own speech.
During her acceptance speech, Louis-Dreyfus made repeated references to the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court (despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony that he sexually assaulted her in high school).
Blasey Ford and Louis-Dreyfus both attended Holton-Arms school, and Louis-Dreyfus criticized Kavanaugh by joking about her school's production of Serendipity.
"I can remember every single aspect of that play that night, so much so that I would testify under oath about it," she said. "But I can't remember who drove me there or who drove me home. Or if Squee or Tobin were there. Or if Bart put it on his weird wall calendar."
"This, by the way, is totally true and not some kind of subtle attack on our newest supreme court justice," she added, sarcastically. "For God's sake, the man has suffered enough."
Louis-Dreyfus was honoured for her lifetime contributions to comedy; she is best known for her roles on Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep.
Previous winners of the prestigious American comedy prize include Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, David Letterman, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.