Carreying a Tune
February 14, 2005

He took home a People's Choice Award after starring in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and now Jim Carrey is carrying home another award: the AFI Star Award at Saturday night's HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen.

"I'd like to thank The Lord, I know he's really busy with Oscar season," Carrey joked while accepting his award.

But Jim wasn't too busy to hang with "Extra" and explain where all that comic genius comes from. "For me, it's all primal," he admitted. "If I see something I like, I take it. Know what I mean? It's in the jungle."

And Jim had the fans roaring in their seats, proving just how spontaneous he can be, as Conan O'Brien challenged him about being able to sing any song from "South Pacific" at the drop of a hat. Jim showed he had the chops, blaring through "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair," and other showstoppers. Carrey even brought back his famous "In Living Color" alter ego, Fire Marshall Bill. "People thought it was makeup, but it's all here," he insisted.

So after 20 years of stretching his jokes to the limit, what's left for the king of comedy? "I want to do something completely different," he said. "It's time to move on. I want to do a talk show, take over when 'Leno' leaves."

Well one thing is for sure, Saturday night belonged to Jim.


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