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Ellen DeGeneres to Get Twain Humor Prize

Her only question: 'Why didn't I get this sooner?'

(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... More »

Will Ferrell Awarded Twain Humor Prize

...before dropping it on the floor

(Newser) - Last year, it was Tina Fey ; this year, Will Ferrell rocked the Kennedy Center as he won the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night. The star-studded gala saw speeches from celebrities as diverse as Ben Stiller, Ed Asner, Molly Shannon, and Gwen Ifill, the Washington Post reports.... More »

PBS Nips Cheeky Tina Fey Speech

But only because ceremony ran long, producer insists

(Newser) - Tina Fey thanked Sarah Palin last week when she won the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor—but that's not all she said. When PBS broadcast the ceremony Sunday night, some of Fey's more controversial remarks were cut out. Most notably: "And, you know, politics aside, the... More »

Kennedy Center Honors De Niro, Boss

Brubeck, Bumbry, Mel Brooks round out list of those lauded at gala

(Newser) - Last night’s Kennedy Center Honors brought together such unlikelies as Jack Black and Aretha Franklin to fete award winners Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen in a three-hour variety show. Highlights of the night, attended by the president, vice president, and speaker of... More »

Diana Ross Wins Supreme Honor

Brian Wilson, Martin Scorsese also among 5 picked for Kennedy Center artists

(Newser) - There'll be good vibrations at the Kennedy Center: the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Motown legend Diana Ross have been chosen as this year's  honorees. Comic actor and writer Steve Martin, film director Martin Scorsese  and pianist Leon Fleisher will also be honored, reports the Washington Post. More »

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