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[illustration: Mark Twain and Lily Tomlin]

~ Lily Tomlin  

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The Mark Twain Prize (2003)

The All-Star Cast

George Lopez
George Lopez
George Lopez is enjoying big success from his new situation comedy, George Lopez, which he co-created, writes, and produces. No stranger to television, Lopez has appeared on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, Craig Kilborn and Resurrection Boulevard. He frequently hosts Univision's Loco Comedy Jam. Lopez's films include Real Women Have Curves, which earned the Audience Award at its 2002 Sundance Film Festival premiere; Bread and Roses, which received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival; Fidel; and Frank McKluskey, C.I. His comedy CDs include the recently released Team Leader and 2001's Right Now Right Now. Lopez was the first Latino to headline the morning timeslot on an English language radio station in Los Angeles, the country's biggest market. He maintains an active stand-up comedy schedule, selling out virtually every top comedy club in the country. Lopez is a native of Los Angeles and devotes time to working in the community. He is a spokesperson for the L.A.P.D.'s "Stop the Violence" program and received the 2003 Imagen Vision Award, the 2003 Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television, the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award and the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award. Lopez's charity, The George & Ann Lopez-Richie Alarcon Care Foundation, provides community and arts education resources throughout Los Angeles.