The 14th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Celebrating Will Ferrell for American Humor will air on PBS stations nationwide on Monday, October 31 at 9 p.m. ET

October 23, 2011
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Washington DC

The Kennedy Center will present the 14th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Will Ferrell on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The award, named to honor one of America’s—and the world’s—greatest humorists, will feature a lineup of the biggest names in entertainment, including Jack Black, Green Day, Larry King, Nathan Lane, Adam McKay, Lorne Michaels, Conan O’Brien, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, and Molly Shannon.

This cast of top entertainers will salute Will Ferrell in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The evening will pay tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the television icon and motion picture star.
The broadcast is traditionally a popular special on television, and, each year, the show continues to grow in audience appeal. In addition to the performance and Prize presentation, guests are invited to the post-show dinner reception with the artists, held on the Center’s Roof Terrace Level.

Special Access Packages are available at the:
Single tickets are $1,000 each.

The proceeds from the evening’s event are used to support the Kennedy Center‘s programs, performances and outreach activities.

About Will Ferrell

Raised in Irvine, California, Ferrell attended USC and graduated with a degree in sports information. Upon graduation, he worked as a sportscaster on a weekly show broadcast over a local cable channel. Soon after, he enrolled in acting classes and stand-up comedy workshops at a nearby community college and was eventually asked to join the esteemed comedy/improv group The Groundlings after just one year of training. It was at The Groundlings that Ferrell was discovered for Saturday Night Live.

About the Mark Twain Prize

The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist and creator of characters, Samuel Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective of social injustice and personal folly. He revealed the great truth of humor when he said “against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

$50.00 – $150.00

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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Washington, DC 20566
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