Kennedy Center to Award Dave Chappelle the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
The Kennedy Center will give comedian Dave Chappelle the 2019 Mark Twain Prize, which recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. The 45-year-old DC native began making appearances in films such as Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Half Baked in the mid-1990s. Chappelle landed his own show on Comedy Central in 2003.Chappelle's Show is widely considered a cultural phenomenon with one-liners from the program still prompting bouts of laughter. He received two Emmy Award nominations for the popular and sometimes controversial show, which frequently addressed race relations. Chappelle won his first Emmy Award for hosting the first post-2016 election of Saturday Night Live. He then released four stand-up comedy specials on Netflix, which were also put out on vinyl as double-feature albums, giving Chappelle Grammys in 2018 and 2019. The comic also appeared in the award-winning film, A Star Is Born. He will now be one of only four Black comedians (out of 22 total recipients) to receive the prize, joining Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Whoopi Goldberg. Bill Cosby also won the award, but it was rescinded in 2018. Chappelle will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a ceremony held at the Kennedy Center on October 27th. More here.