Every year, the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor goes to someone who has left a positive impact on the world of comedy. And this year’s recipient definitely meets that criteria.
Jon Stewart will receive the 23rd annual Mark Twain Prize for humor. This is the first time the Awards have taken place since 2019 when Dave Chappelle got his, due to the pandemic. The ceremony will take place on April 24th at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Stewart said in a statement. “I have long admired and been influenced by the work of Mark Twain, or, as he was known by his given name, Samuel Leibowitz.”
“For more than three decades, Jon Stewart has brightened our lives and challenged our minds as he delivers current events and social satire with his trademark wit and wisdom,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. “For me, tuning in to his television programs over the years has always been equal parts entertainment and truth. In these often divisive and challenging times, someone like Jon, through his undaunted advocacy for first responders and veterans, also demonstrates that we all can make a difference in this world through humor, humanity, and patriotism. He is most deserving of this award and I certainly cannot wait to hear the Concert Hall full of laughter again on April 24th.”