Dave Chappelle To Receive Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian Dave Chappelle has been chosen to receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The 45-year-old Chappelle shot to international stardom through his Comedy Central program, “Chappelle’s Show,” which gleefully skewered racial stereotypes and hot-button societal issues. He later made headlines for walking away from a lucrative contract over creative […]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Receives Twain Award

On Sunday night at Washington’s Kennedy Center, the 57-year-old actress received a stream of testimonials from celebrities including Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert and 2010 Mark Twain recipient Tina Fey — touching on the multiple aspects of her career.

Al Franken Cut From PBS’s Letterman Tribute

Letterman Honored With Mark Twain Prize

The 70-year-old David Letterman spent 33 years on late-night TV, hosting long-running shows on NBC and then on CBS. His final broadcast on May 20, 2015, was episode No. 6,028 that Letterman hosted. It shattered the record of his mentor, Johnny Carson.

David Letterman To Receive Mark Twain Prize

Like Mark Twain, David Letterman distinguished himself as a cockeyed, deadpan observer of American behavior and, later in life, for his prodigious and distinctive facial hair. Now the two satirists share a further connection: Today, Letterman was named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the award granted annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Eddie Murphy Receives Top US Humor Prize

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented the comedian Sunday with the Mark Twain Prize, the nation’s top prize for humor. The evening’s most emotional tribute came from Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan, who received a standing ovation from the audience. He called Murphy his “comedic hero.”

Eddie Murphy To Receive Kennedy Center Twain Prize

Eddie Murphy To Receive Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize

Jay Leno Honored With Humor Prize In D.C.

Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno’s famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks and Chelsea Handler also paid tribute. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS.

Leno To Receive Mark Twain Humor Prize

Jay Leno will be honored with the nation’s top humor honor in a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations.

Carol Burnett Looks Back On Her Career

Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler paid tribute as the comedienne received the nation’s top humor award — the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor — on Sunday.

Julie Andrews, Tina Fey To Salute Carol Burnett

WASHINGTON (AP) — Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will honor Carol Burnett as she receives the nation’s top humor prize in Washington. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is awarding Burnett the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20. The show will be broadcast on PBS stations Nov. […]

Ellen DeGeneres Receives Top Humor Prize

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor honors comedians in Twain’s tradition of satire and social commentary. Past winners include Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.

Ellen DeGeneres Wins Top US Humor Prize

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that DeGeneres will receive the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She will be honored Oct. 22 with a lineup of star performers in a tribute show that will be recorded for broadcast at a later date.