June 29, 2016  

Jay Leno Wins Mark Twain Prize for American Humor From Kennedy Center

June 18, 2014 (4:48 pm) GMT
The former 'Tonight Show' presenter is set to be feted in a ceremony taking place on October 19 this year.

is announced as the recipient for the 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year. "What an honor! I'm a big fan of Mark Twain's. In fact, 'A Tale of Two Cities' is one of my favorite books!" the funnyman gushed.

He will be roasted by fellow comedians in a ceremony held by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 19. The event will air later on November 23 on PBS stations. The talent lineup will be revealed sometime soon.

Leno just retired from "The Tonight Show" in February this year. He passed the torch to after emceeing the show for more than 20 years. He first hosted the TV program in 1992, taking it over from the legendary Johnny Carson.

"Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime's worth of humorous commentary on American daily life," said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. "For both men, no one was too high or too low to escape their wit, and we are all the better for it."

Previous recipients for the Mark Twain prize include , , , , , , and . Last year, the Kennedy Center gave the kudo to .

More Jay Leno News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Jessica Williams Is Leaving 'The Daily Show' to Headline New Comedy Series
  2. Pregnant Alanis Morissette Completely Naked in This Beautiful Underwater Photo
  3. Video: Lady GaGa and Caitlyn Jenner Among 49 Stars Honoring Orlando Shooting Victims
  4. Justin Timberlake Is One Grumpy Doll in First 'Trolls' Trailer
  5. Stephanie March Reveals Botched Boob Job Amid 2014 Bobby Flay Marriage Trouble
  6. Peta Murgatroyd Confirms She's Pregnant With Maksim Chmerkovskiy's Baby
  7. Drew Barrymore in Talks to Host New Talk Show
  8. Kanye West Signs New Partnership With Adidas to Expand Yeezy Brand