Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize
Friday, October 28 at 9/8c on PBS (check local listings)

Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize


The 2016 Mark Twain Prize 

Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize airs on PBS stations nationwide on Friday, October 28 at 9/8c (check local listings).

 A lineup of leading performers, including Aziz Ansari, Roy Blount Jr., Jane Curtin, Rhiannon Giddens, Bill Hader, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Brian Doyle Murray, Ivan Reitman, Paul Shaffer, Emma Stone, Sigourney Weaver, and others  will salute Bill Murray at the 19th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (artists subject to change).

Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize is a production of WETA Washington, D.C.; CoMedia; Mark Krantz Productions; Cappy Productions and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Executive producers are Dalton Delan, Deborah Rutter, Peter Kaminsky, Cappy McGarr, Mark Krantz and Bob Kaminsky. 

Corporate funding for Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize is provided by Capital One. Major funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Additional funding is provided by Comcast/NBC Universal. Air travel is generously provided by American Airlines.


About Bill Murray

Actor and comedian Bill Murray was born William J. Murray on September 21, 1950, in Wilmette, Illinois. In an attempt to find direction in his life, he joined his older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, in the cast of Chicago's Second City improvisational comedy troupe. Murray eventually relocated to New York City, where he took his comedic talents to radio's National Lampoon Hour (1973-74) alongside Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi. In 1975, he was in an off-Broadway spin-off of the comedy radio show when Howard Cosell recruited him for a show called Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (1975-1976). A year later, producer Lorne Michaels tapped Murray to replace Chevy Chase on a much bigger sensation, NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL).



About the Award

About the Award

The history behind the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients

From Eddie Murphy to Richard Prior - the complete list of Mark Twain Prize winners.

"Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but
it must do both if it would
live forever."
— Mark Twain

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