Dave Chappelle is being awarded the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center on October 27, 2019. In addition to his two-time Grammy and Emmy awards, the legendary comedian will now be recognized with one of the highest accolades in his profession.
Previous recipients of the award include Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Murray, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Carol Burnett, Lily Tomli, Lorne Michaels, Johnathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Bob Newhart, Neil Simon and George Carlin.
The Mark Twain Prize For American Humor honors the world’s greatest humorists, recognizing individuals who have impacted society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). As a social commentator, satirist and visionary, Clemens served a fearless, uncompromising voice for social injustice.
Kennedy Center President, Deborah F. Rutter stated, ‘Dave is the embodiment of Mark Twain’s observation that ‘against the assault of humor, nothing can stand’. For three decades, Dave has challenged us to see hot button issues from his entirely original, yet relatable, perspective. Dave is a hometown hero here in Washington D.C. where he grew up. We’re so looking forward to welcoming him back home’
The 22nd annual ceremony at Kennedy Concert Hall will celebrate Chappelle’s unparalleled career with performances from ‘an outstanding lineup of entertainers.’
Co-chaired by Tamia and Grant Hill, sponsored by CapitalOne, the event will air on PBS – January 6, 2020 at 9pm.