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Mark Twain

Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live  forever.  Mark Twain
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Celebrating Jay Leno

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Jay Leno: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize airs on PBS stations nationwide on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET. (Check local listings).

The 2014 Mark Twain Prize

A lineup of top entertainers, including Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy
Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers, Jerry Seinfeld, J.B. Smoove, Wanda Sykes, and others, will salute Jay Leno at the 17th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. The evening will pay tribute to the humor and accomplishments of Jay Leno, and will be videotaped by WETA Washington, D.C. as Jay Leno: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize. The program will air on PBS stations nationwide November 23, 2014 (check local listings). Artists are subject to change.

The 17th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, sponsored by Capital One®, focuses on the achievements of American comedic artists. The proceeds from the evening’s event are used to support the Kennedy Center’s programs, performances, and outreach. As the recipient of the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Mr. Leno will receive a copy of an 1884 bronze portrait bust of Mark Twain sculpted by Karl Gerhardt (1853-1940). The bust and images of it are courtesy of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.

Credits

Along with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the creators and executive
producers of the Mark Twain Prize are Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky, Mark Krantz, and Cappy McGarr. WETA Washington, D.C. executive producers for Jay Leno: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize are Dalton Delan and David S. Thompson.