Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Past recipients of the award include Tina Fey and Will Ferrell
The actress is this year’s recipient of the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement obtained by the New York Times. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”
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“Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying,” she said.
She also tweeted about the news, writing, “Well, this is insanely exciting.”
Past recipients of the award include Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Lily Tomlin and Eddie Murphy.
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She will receive the award on Oct. 21 in a ceremony in Washington. The final season of Veep will premiere on HBO in 2019.