Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, and now she's been recognized with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for a lifetime in comedy. She is the 21st person the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has honored with the award. Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert, and 2010 Mark Twain recipient Tina Fey were among those offering testimonials to her talent. Louis-Dreyfus accepted her award with an extended comedic bit and a few shots at new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The actress first drew laughs by repeatedly referencing her true life's ambition to be a respected dramatic actress—stopping in mid-speech to deliver a monologue from Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice," the AP reports.
The Seinfeld and Veep star is a graduate of the elite Holton-Arms school, alma mater of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a high school party. Louis-Dreyfus made a veiled but unmistakable reference to Ford's testimony, framing it around her performance at a high school presentation of the play "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, to a round of laughter and applause. "But I can't remember who drove me there or who drove me home." (Last month, Louis-Dreyfus said it felt "fantastic" to be back at work after treatment for breast cancer.)