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The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

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The Mark Twain Prize (2003)
The All-Star Cast

Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels was fêted by an all-star cast of SNL alumni, actors, performers and politicians, including:

Photo: Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd co-founded House of Blues Entertainment, Inc., which has become the third largest purveyor of live entertainment in North America. As Elwood Blues, he hosts the 10 year-running House of Blues Radio Hour, which is syndicated on 180 radio stations across the United States. More...

Photo:  Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen, most recently seen in the film The In-Laws, is perhaps best known for her role as the title character on CBS's critically acclaimed Murphy Brown. She received five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for her 10 years as Murphy. More...

Photo: Senator Christopher J. Dodd
Senator Christopher J. Dodd is Connecticut's senior senator and is completing his fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Following his graduation from Providence College in Rhode Island, he spent two years in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Upon his return to the United States he enlisted in the Army and served in the Reserve. More...

Photo: Tina Fey
Tina Fey is in her fifth season as an on-air performer on Saturday Night Live and serves as a co-anchor in the "Weekend Update" segment. Fey came to SNL in 1997 from Chicago's Second City Comedy club, where she was a writer and performer. In 1999 she was named SNL's head writer. More...

Darrell Hammond
Darrell Hammond has been a Saturday Night Live cast member for the last seven years. His impressions of Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and Regis Philbin have been critically praised and featured on this year's telecast of the Emmy Awards. More...

Photo: Steve Martin
Steve Martin wrote and starred in his first film project, The Absent-Minded Waiter, in 1977 and received an Academy Award nomination. He has starred in the hit movies Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and he has won Grammy Awards for his two comedy albums, "Let's Get Small" and "A Wild and Crazy Guy." More...

Photo: Senator John McCain
Senator John McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958 and began a 22-year career as a naval aviator. In 1967 his plane was shot down over Vietnam, and he was held as a prisoner-of-war in Hanoi for more than five years, much of it in solitary confinement. He retired from the Navy in 1981. More...

Photo: Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows the longest-running cast member in the 29-year history of Saturday Night Live, has created such characters as Leon Phelps, The Ladies' Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show "Perspectives." During his 10 years on the show, Meadows also has been known for impressions of O.J. Simpson, Ike Turner and Sammy Davis, Jr. More...

Photo: Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan is a comedian, actor, and sketch-comedy player, who continually works the national standup comedy circuit while appearing on television and in feature films. After appearing on Def Comedy Jam, he first became known appearing on "Martin" as the recurring character Hustleman. During seven years as a Saturday Night Live cast member, Morgan popularized the characters Brian Fellow, the "Safari Planet" host, and Astronaut Jones, the space adventurer. More...

Doris Roberts
Conan O'Brien made his debut as host of Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1993. In its 11 years, "Late Night" has dominated its time period's ratings, averaging nearly one million more viewers than its nearest competitor and leads by a 50% margin among adults. More...

Photo: G.E. Smith
Hear G.E. Smith's "Mark Twain Prize" theme
G.E. Smith, during the 1985 Live Aid concerts with Hall & Oates, backed Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, and others, and recorded on Jagger's albums "She's the Boss" and "Primitive Cool." He became musical director of Saturday Night Live, leading the "SNL Band" from 1985-95, winning an Emmy for his work, and simultaneously toured with Bob Dylan. More...

Photo: David Spade
David Spade is a part of the cast of ABC's 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Best known for his work on Just Shoot Me, he received two Golden Globe Awards, an American Comedy Award, and an Emmy Award nomination for his character, Dennis Finch. He made his television debut on Saturday Night Live as a writer-performer, and shortly thereafter, Rolling Stone named him the "Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year." More...

Photo: Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken has appeared in more than 50 feature films, including an Academy Award-winning performance in The Deer Hunter and an Academy Award-nominated performance for Catch Me if You Can. His first big cinematic success was his role as Duane Hall in the Oscar-winning Best Picture Annie Hall. More...


Photo: Paul Simon
Paul Simon
On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize 2004 - Lorne Michaels also features a special musical performance by Paul Simon.


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