Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Ellen DeGeneris to be awarded Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will receive the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
DeGeneres, 54, will receive the nation's highest comedic honor on October 22 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C.. Last year's recipient was Will Ferrell and previous female recipients included Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg.
DeGeneres went from comedy clubs to fame with her Emmy Award-winning sitcom, "Ellen", wrote several best-selling books, appeared in several movies and voice characters and of course, currently hosts, Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".
"To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder...why didn't I get this sooner?" DeGeneres joked in a statement.
The Mark Twain Prize, established in 1998, recognizes people who have had an impact on society comparable to the 19th century satirist and writer of novels such as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".
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