The recently-retired Tonight Show host and legendary stand-up comedian, Jay Leno, has been tapped to receive the coveted Kennedy Center’s 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. “Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American daily life,” said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. “For both men, no one was too high or too low to escape their wit, and we are all the better for it.” This statement is easily proven to be true when looking back at Leno’s 22 year gig as the host of The Tonight Show. Every night the show opened with Leno giving his humorous take on pop culture and current events. Though he recently passed The Tonight Show torch to Jimmy Fallon, Leno will forever go down in late night history. Even in retirement, he continues to be one comedy’s busiest standup comedians, playing up to 300-plus dates per year. He has also gained a rather impressive online following with his latest creation, JayLenosGarage.com. Previous recipients of the award have included Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, Lorne Michaels and Carol Burnett. The award will be presented Oct. 19 at a Kennedy Center ceremony to be broadcast Nov. 23 on PBS stations.