Ellen DeGeneres: The Mark Twain Prize


Updated Fri, Oct 5, 2012 10:23 am

Tuesday, October 30, 8 p.m

Scheduled to tape at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 90-minute special will feature a star-studded cast. The evening will pay tribute to Ellen DeGeneres, whose 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. The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was created in 1998 by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mark Krantz, Peter Kaminsky and Bob Kaminsky and Cappy McGarr to recognize the art of humorists who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain.