"We became very close friends," she said, telling a story of how the two met backstage off-Broadway when Ball was famous and she was not. "She gave me a baby shower. A black tie baby shower. With men attending. It was one of the funniest evenings ever."
And every year, Ball remembered Burnett's birthday. "She died on my birthday. She would always send me flowers on my birthday. She died on April 26th, and that afternoon, I got flowers from her that said, ‘
Burnett, who took home the SAG life achievement award, also commented backstage on how sitcoms have changed.
"A lot of the comedy today I see on television, it’s – I don’t mind edgy, I’m not a prude by any means of the imagination. I like edgy comedy but I also think there is room for just plain old happy belly laughs. And you don’t really see that too much anymore," she said.
Burnett added: "Some of the sitcoms that I see, I won’t name them, they make me feel like they might be written by teenage boys in the locker room. It’s easy to get those kind of laughs. So I would like to see cleverness come back. It does exist in some shows, but not in enough."
Before leaving the podium, the comic legend cheered on women expanding their influence in comedy.
"Especially Amy (Poehler) and Tina (Fey) running their own shows, writing and producing, it’s a beautiful way that things have changed and I think they’re going to get better," she said. "Women in comedy are much more respected now. Look at