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The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

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The humor of Whoopi Goldberg, the fourth recipient of the annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, is rooted in the human comedy — generous, broad, intelligent, and earthy. As an actor, she has been able to mine the humor in tragedy, and as a humorist she has never strayed far from the trying conditions that make us human and funny. From small cabarets to great arenas, on the television screen and on the movie screen, her dazzling array of characters and emotions is varied and unrestrained. In all her roles, Whoopi Goldberg has always projected the wisdom and understanding that all great humorists have recognized in the common man, and woman.

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor honoring Whoopi Goldberg was broadcast nationwide on November 21, 2001.

"Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand."
~ Mark Twain  

The life and times of Mark Twain are the subject of a two-part documentary by the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns in conjunction with WETA. Visit the www.pbs.org/marktwain for more information on the man for whom this prize is named.