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TV comedy greats take a bow, make ’em laugh at ceremony

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Standing ovations greeted five comedy greats at a ceremony honoring their achievements.

Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Carl Reiner, Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin were saluted Thursday at a Paley Center for Media ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.

The 97-year-old Lear, who produced groundbreaking hits including “All in the Family,” said he believed that laughter adds “time to one’s life.”

Newhart, star of two hit sitcoms, was introduced by Conan O’Brien, who said Newhart made his stellar comedy look effortless.

Burnett recalled a network executive dismissing the idea that a woman could host a variety show. Her long-running “The Carol Burnett Show” earned armloads of Emmy Awards.

Carl Reiner was honored for his work including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and Tomlin for shows including “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and “Grace and Frankie.”

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Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at

The Associated Press

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