Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Ellen DeGeneres Takes Home Mark Twain Prize
The comedian joined an exclusive list Tuesday when she was named as the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Past recipients include Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, George Carlin, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell—last year’s winner—are just a few to receive the honour.
DeGeneres, the Emmy-winning host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is being honoured for her standup, activism, and books. Most recently she released a memoir in 2011 titled Seriously…I’m Kidding. DeGeneres will receive the award at the Kennedy Center Awards in Washington, D.C., in October.
The 54-year-old already has several other awards, including 12 People’s Choice Awards and three Teen Choice Awards.