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Tina Fey wins top US comedy award

Tina Fey in Date Night

Story by Jack Foley

30 ROCK creator and star Tina Fey is to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.

The annual accolade is one of the highest comedy honours in the US but Fey is only the third woman to have won the award in 13 years, and will therefore follow in the footsteps of Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.

Fey, 40, has already won six Emmys and two Golden Globes for 30 Rock, which she writes, produces and stars in… but she has also branched successfully into movies and was recently part of the box office hit Date Night alongside Steve Carrell.

Fey also appeared in the movies Mean Girls and Baby Mama – but is widely known for her impersonations of Republican vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, which shot her into the limelight during the Presidential elections in 2008.

The Mark Twain Prize was established in 1998 to honour people who have had an impact on society comparable to the 19th Century satirist and writer of novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Other past winners include Bill Cosby, Steve Martin and playwright Neil Simon.

Fey will be presented with the award on November 13, 2010, at the Kennedy Centre in New York.

Read our Date Night interview with Tina Fey