Eddie Murphy to receive Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor

Eddie Murphy will receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center announced. The annual prize is awarded for “a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with [an] uncompromising perspective on social injustice and personal folly” according to a release from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Eddie Murphy found a resurgence in media coverage following his

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Carol Burnett will receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Iconic comedian Carol Burnett will receive the 16th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein announced today. “From her television program and appearances, as well as her performances on Broadway and in film, Carol Burnett has entertained generations of fans with her vibrant wit and hilarious characters,” he says. “We are delighted to pay tribute to this unique and beloved entertainer.” Burnett,

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Trailblazing comedian Ellen DeGeneres will receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Ellen DeGeneres, known for humor that beseeches love and acceptance and her trailblazing gay character on the 90s sitcom Ellen, will receive the nation’s top humor prize this year. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that the comedian, actress and host of her self-titled afternoon talk show, will receive the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She will officially be honored Oct. 22 in a star-studded

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Watch the entire Mark Twain tribute to Will Ferrell from PBS

If you missed PBS’s presentation of the Mark Twain Prize in American Humor, which was bestowed upon Will Ferrell last night, you’re in luckity luck. It seems the fine folks at PBS were nice enough to capture the entire thing and throw it on the old Internet. So, here it is– in full, including appearances from Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Conan O’Brien and many more. Enjoy! Watch Will Ferrell

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Watch Jack Black’s musical tribute to Will Ferrell at the Mark Twain humor prize ceremony

The entire show will air on PBS in four days, but we’re excited to offer you this great sneak peek of the ceremony surrounding the Kennedy Center’s 14th annual 2011 Mark Twain Prize For American Humor, which honored Will Ferrell this year. On Sunday, Oct. 23, entertainment giants Conan O’Brien, Matthew Broderick, John C. Reilly, Ed Asner, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon and more were on hand to pay

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Will Ferrell to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Will Ferrell has been chosen to receive an award for his achievements in comedy, and it’s kind of a big deal. The prolific comedic actor, writer, and producer will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, joining the likes of Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels as past recipients. The award ceremony will take place Oct. 23 at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and will be

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Tina Fey wins Mark Twain award, anwers fan questions; PBS will air event Sunday

Last night, comedy queen Tina Fey joined the ranks of Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Bill Cosby as she was honored with the Mark Twain Prize in American Humor. As you could guess from the partial list of past recipients, Fey is the youngest — she’s 40 — to snag the award; and she’s only the third woman to do so. But before the event, Fey answered questions from fans

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Tina Fey to be presented with comedy award; Cosby, Carlin, Pryor are past honorees

Tina Fey has recently been announced to be the 2010 recipient of the highly prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor; making her the youngest recipient ever for the award. She’s set to receive the prize Nov. 9 in Washington D.C., in a ceremony that in the past has seen appearances from some of the most prestigious faces in comedy, including David Letterman, Bob Newhart and Robin Williams. In reference

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