Ellen DeGeneres: The Mark Twain Prize 2012
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Ellen DeGeneres: The Mark Twain Prize 2012

Friday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m.

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor salutes Ellen DeGeneres.

Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 22, 2012, the 90-minute special features a star-studded cast of DeGeneres’ friends and colleagues including top entertainers Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, Jason Mraz and Lily Tomlin. The evening pays tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the television icon and motion picture star.

Upon learning she would receive the Mark Twain Prize, Ellen DeGeneres remarked, “It’s such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize. 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?”

Ellen DeGeneres' distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world. She has made a home for herself in the daytime arena with her hit syndicated talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The show entered its ninth season in September, fresh off winning the Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Talk Show.” During its eight seasons, the show has earned a total of 35 Daytime Emmy Awards. Additionally, DeGeneres has won 12 People’s Choice Awards and most recently, the Teen Choice Award for “Choice Comedian” for a third consecutive year. Additionally, the show has won two Genesis Awards and a GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Talk Show Episode.”

 DeGeneres has been included in Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women and was also included in Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Most Powerful Entertainers. She was honored with Television Week's Syndication Personality of the Year and has been included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.