June 19, 2014 2:46:35 pm
Comedian Jay Leno has been tapped by the Kennedy Center to receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. The award will be presented on October 19 at a Kennedy Center ceremony, reported Variety Online.
The comedy award, in its 17th year, will again feature a format of video clips embellished with light roasting from a parade of comics and other celebs at the concert Hall. The talent lineup will be announced later.
“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,” Center added.
Leno, 64, ended his 22-year run as host of NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’ in February. He remains one of the most active standup comedians, playing some 300-plus dates per year.
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