There were plenty of laughs to be had on Sunday at the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors, where Hollywood A-listers like Ben Stiller, Meryl Streep, and Martin Scorsese paid tribute to this year's five honorees: comedian Mel Brooks, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, opera star Grace Bumbry, actor Robert De Niro and rocker Bruce Springsteen.
ITK assembled some of the funniest lines of the night:
President Barack Obama on honoree Mel Brooks: "I was telling him that I went to see Blazing Saddles when I was 10, and he pointed out that I think, according to the ratings, I should not have been allowed in the theater. That's true. I think I had a fake ID. But the statute of limitations has passed."
Honoree Mel Brooks: "I think when all my awards go to eBay, it will be the last. That's how much I treasure it."
Obama, after listing some of the more deranged characters played by DeNiro: "Let's hope that Martin Scorsese was kidding when he said that Robert is 'full of something that he wanted to express' ... but don't worry, we did a vet on him before he came in tonight."
Comedian Ben Stiller, walking on stage to introduce DeNiro: "Oh my God, it's Bruce Springsteen! Bruuuuce!"
Then, looking over at Obama, "And then it's Nobel Peace guy."
"The Daily Show's Jon Stewart on Springsteen: "I'm not a music critic, nor historian, nor archivist, but I am from New Jersey. So I can tell you what I believe, and what I believe is this: I believe that Bob Dylan and James Brown had a baby. . . . And they abandoned this child on the side of the road between the exit interchanges of 8A and 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike, where this child was found and raised by a pack of feral vaudevillians and troubadours. That child is Bruce Springsteen.
"When you listen to Bruce’s music, you aren’t a loser. You are a character in an epic poem about losers.”
Obama on Springsteen: "On a day like that, and today, I remember: I'm the president, but he's The Boss."