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Behind the Curtain


On October 30, 2002, an all-star cast of comedic and musical greats gathered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to pay tribute to comedian Bob Newhart, recipient of the 2002 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Find out more about the people who performed at the event.


Bob Newhart.  Photo by WireImage: Michael Caulfield

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart is perhaps the only man in the world who can talk to himself on the phone without people looking at him strangely. He of the world-famous one-way phone conversations is also a household name to generations, thanks to his two extremely successful, long-running television series. More...


Richard Belzer. Photo by WireImage: Michael Caulfield.

Richard Belzer

An irrepressible comic, the young Richard Belzer drove his teachers wild with his uncontrollable wit and was thrown out of classroom after classroom. He has since parlayed his comedic talents into a career spanning two decades. More...


Tim Conway. Photo by WireImage: Michael Caulfield.

Tim Conway

Tim Conway, who received his star on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame" in 1989, is considered one of the most inventive and creative of comedy actors. Born in Willoughby, Ohio, his show business career had a meteoric rise. More...


Jane Curtin. Photo by WireImage: Michael Caulfield.

Jane Curtin

Jane Curtin made her television debut in 1975 as one of the original members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the hit late-night series Saturday Night Live. During her five years on that show, she received critical acclaim and two Emmy nominations for her creation of many memorable characters. More...


Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer portrays Dr. Frasier Crane, the high-brow, Ivy League-educated psychiatrist in the top-rated television series Frasier, now in its 10th season. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Frasier Crane has captured the attention and the hearts of the American public as one of television's most endearing characters. More...


Jon Hendricks. Photo by WireImage: Michael Caulfield.

Jon Hendricks

Called "the Poet Laureate of Jazz" by jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather, Jon Hendricks has earned the sobriquet "The King of Vocalese" during his more than 67 years as a professional performer, and he has written or lyricized more than 400 songs. More...