Dave Chappelle will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in October

By Ale Russian
May 08, 2019 10:07 AM

Dave Chappelle is getting a big honor.

The longtime comedian will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Chappelle, 45, will become the 22nd person to receive the award, joining fellow comedians like Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, David Letterman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who received the honor last year.

“Dave is the embodiment of Mark Twain’s observation that ‘against the assault of humor, nothing can stand.’ For three decades, Dave has challenged us to see hot-button issues from his entirely original yet relatable perspective,” Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement. “Dave’s a great guy and a hometown hero here in Washington, D.C., where he grew up. We’re so looking forward to welcoming him back home.”

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The ceremony will take place on Oct. 27 and will likely draw out big names in comedy to pay tribute to the star. The celebration will then be broadcast on PBS in early Jan. 2020.

Chappelle most recently won an Emmy in 2018 for his Equanimity Netflix special and played a small role in the smash hit A Star Is Born.

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