Fey paid tribute to Louis-Dreyfus at the award ceremony by tracking the similarities between their lives.
"Julia let Elaine be selfish and petty and sarcastic and a awful, bad dancer", Fey said. "Julia was letting us know that she was the real deal, comedy-wise, and she didn't need to give us midriff for (us) to watch her work because, here's the secret, Julia's not afraid to be unlikable - not onscreen and not in person".
He made his comments as he walked on the red carpet, as he headed into the ceremony to honoring Louis-Dreyfus as the 21st recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
"So many greats of American comedy have been honored over the years, and so far only one prize rescinded", Colbert said, referring to Cosby, whose 2009 award was rescinded after his conviction on sexual-assault charges.
During last year's ceremony to honor David Letterman, Cosby's name was never mentioned. Behind Colbert, a sign read, "It has been 167 days since last Un-Twaining". Members of Louis-Dreyfus' own family were event called out, with her teasing, "According to Wikipedia, I have two sons, Charlie and Henry".
As celebrity guests arrived for the ceremony, Seinfeld recalled the first time he saw Louis-Dreyfus in action - and knew nearly immediately she was a major talent.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus shared her cancer battle story in order to push for affordable health care because she knows her journey would've been different if she didn't have health insurance. When you're a working mother, you really worry about the time spent away from your kids.
And now, Louis-Dreyfus has said she chose to be open about her journey because she realised how much different the process would have been if she wasn't privileged enough to be able to afford the hefty costs of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Comedian and director Kumail Nanjiani grew up in Pakistan and never saw an episode of TV's "Seinfeld" until he immigrated to the U.S as an adult.
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Bustle reached out to her reps for comment, but had not received a response at time of publication. Thank u to my babes in the audience who made this such a fun, comfortable experience. miss u'.
She said: "I think it's an important conversation to have about health and health care".
The co-writer of the movie "The Big Sick" particularly recalls her iconic, slightly convulsive "Elaine Benes dance" on the show, which he credits to Louis-Dreyfus' gift for physical comedy.
"There are some comedians who think physical comedy is beneath them", he said. "But she was just fearless and ego-less".
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, and now she's being recognized with the Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy.
A native of Washington suburbs in Maryland, Louis-Dreyfus is a graduate of the elite Holton-Arms School.
While recalling her performance in a play there, she joked that she remembers every detail of the event, "but I don't remember who drove me to the show or who drove me home". I'm grateful for my heroic husband and our lovely young boys, or young men, I should say, who are our boys.
The 57-year-old Louis-Dreyfus emerged from Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe before joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live".
Louis-Dreyfus has earned the most professional renown with Veep but the actress became a national celebrity two decades earlier as Elaine on Seinfeld - a show that was a cultural touchstone during a nine-year run that ended in 1998. She won her first lead comedy actor Emmy for the sitcom the The New Adventures of Old Christine then six more for her role as Vice-President Selina Meyer on Veep.
"What a scam." The seventh and final season of Veep was delayed while Louis-Dreyfus received treatment for breast cancer, but is now currently in production. That season is now in production.
Per The Hill, the speech is set to be aired by PBS on November 19.
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New reports claim creative differences ultimately forced the Marvel fan favorite to have its run end after just two seasons. Netflix does not release their viewership figures for their shows, but it doesn't appear that Luke Cage lacked support.
A Carolina assistant coach and official had to restrain Reid on the sideline when the Eagles were being introduced. Kaepernick, who remains without a team after leaving the 49ers, weighed in on Reid's comments.
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Chinese warships shadowed the US Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait Monday, but the Chinese ships remained at a safe distance. Taiwan receives support and defense funding from the United States in line with a 1979 bilateral agreement.
Hillary Clinton tweeted her support, writing: "This is an attack on the humanity of transgender people and it can not stand. Let's send a clear message that we won't sit back and allow this type of discrimination in two weeks at the ballot box".
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