Ellen DeGeneres to Get Twain Humor Prize Her only question: 'Why didn't I get this sooner?' By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted May 15, 2012 5:00 PM CDT 5 comments Comments In this 2010 file photo, Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the "American Idol" finale in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) (Newser) – Ellen DeGeneres is following in the footsteps of Bill Cosby and Tina Fey: She's this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, E! Online reports. DeGeneres' "special brand of humor has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years," said the chairman of the Kennedy Center, where she'll accept the prize on Oct. 22. DeGeneres calls it "an honor. 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?" In other DeGeneres news, Ryan Seacrest is buying her Beverly Hills mansion for a staggering $49 million, notes the Hollywood Reporter.