AceShowbiz - %cSteve Martin% was feted at a private ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday night, June 4. He was honored with the American Film Institute's 43d Life Achievement Award, which was presented to him by %cMel Brooks%.
A number of fellow celebrities and Martin's co-stars took turn to pay tribute to him. %cJack Black% kicked it off with a performance of "I'm Picking Out a Thermos for You" from Martin's 1979 film "The Jerk".
%cTina Fey% joked about the honoree, "Steve donates all his old white suits to lesbian commitment ceremonies." %cSteve Carell% shared, "I have spent the majority of my life doing a pale imitation of Steve Martin - and I resent him for that."
%cQueen Latifah% quipped, "He is the whitest man on earth. In college, he majored in white studies." %cDiane Keaton%, %cMartin Short%, %cAmy Poehler%, %cSarah Silverman%, %cDan Aykroyd%, %cLily Tomlin% and %cConan O'Brien% were among other stars who roasted the 69-year-old actor.
Martin said in his speech, "When I was a kid I used to get all dressed up and play AFI Life Achievement Awards." He credited "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels for his success, "Lorne is really responsible for my being here tonight - Lorne, thank you for driving."
He concluded his statement by quoting a remark by %cJack Benny%, "I don't really deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either."
The ceremony will be broadcast June 13 on TBS.