Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in

Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Julia L

Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Julia L

Jerry Seinfeld arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Julia Louis-

Jerry Seinfeld arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Julia Louis-

Tina Fey arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Julia Louis-Dreyfu

Tina Fey arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Julia Louis-Dreyfu

Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily Gordon, arrive at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Hum

Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily Gordon, arrive at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Hum

Lisa Kudrow arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Julia Louis-Dre

Lisa Kudrow arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Julia Louis-Dre

Keegan-Michael Key and his wife, Elisa Pugliese, arrive at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for America

Keegan-Michael Key and his wife, Elisa Pugliese, arrive at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for America

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2013 file photo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses for a portrait at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. One of t

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2013 file photo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses for a portrait at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. One of t

WASHINGTON (AP) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been recognized with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for a lifetime in comedy.

After a 35-year acting career, she has two iconic television characters to her name -- Elaine Benes of "Seinfeld" and foul-mouthed Vice-President Selina Myers. 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 are 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.