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The 19th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Bill Murray

Sunday, October 23, 2016 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center awards the 19th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Bill Murray, one of America's--and the world's--foremost humorists in a star-studded show filled with fun and laughter.

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The Kennedy Center awards the 19th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Bill Murray, one of America's--and the world's--foremost humorists in a star-studded show filled with fun and laughter, featuring Dan Aykroyd, Aziz Ansari, Roy Blount, Jr., Bill Hader, Jimmy KimmelDavid Letterman, Brian Doyle Murray, Paul Shaffer, Sigourney Weaver, and other special guests.

"Since his first performances on Saturday Night Live more than three decades ago, Bill Murray has charmed us with unforgettable performances from an eclectic cast of characters that have become ingrained in our cultural vernacular," said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. "An award-winning writer, actor and comedian, his brilliant wit and infectious spirit continue to inspire our laughter across generations both on and off the screen. His unique brand of humor seems to defy time itself--always remaining relevant and relatable to new audiences--much like our award's namesake."

Upon learning he will receive the Mark Twain Prize, Bill Murray commented, "I'm honored by this award and by its timing. I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won't disturb his peace."

Past recipients of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize are Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Jay Leno, and Eddie Murphy.

The program will be taped by WETA Washington, D.C. for airing on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). For more information about the events surrounding the Mark Twain Prize, please email mtp@kennedy-center.org or call (202) 416-8335.

Performance Timing: Two hours, with no intermission

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