Ellen DeGeneres is set to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a special tribute show on October 22, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts which had been announced today May 15, 2012.
What will happen is the fifty four year old will receive the fifteenth annual award along with the organization hailing her as a ”miracle worker”. Cappy McGarr, an executive producer for the Mark Twain Prize show and a Kennedy Center board member, praised Ellen‘s observational humour and added:
”She’s not just a comedian. She’s really a miracle worker. She got the president to dance, the first lady to do pushups and Tom Delay to laugh.”
Following the announcement, Ellen said in a statement:
”It’s such an honour to receive the Mark Twain Prize. 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?”
The award is given to people who have an impact on society in the way Samuel Clemens – better known as Mark Twain – did as a social commentator and satirist.
Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said:
”The Kennedy Center is happy to recognise Elle DeGeneres’ unique contributions to the world of comedy.
”Through her television programs, stand-up appearances, movies and even commercials, her special brand of humour has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years.” Photo Credit, www.theplace2.ru