Jon Stewart to Receive the 23rd Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
After a 2-year long Covid-induced hiatus, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present the 23rd Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Jon Stewart on Sunday, April 24, 2022. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, will be awarded at a gala performance in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall featuring some of the biggest names in comedy.
The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist, and creator of characters, Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective on social injustice and personal folly.
“For more than three decades, Jon Stewart has brightened our lives and challenged our minds as he delivers current events and social satire with his trademark wit and wisdom. For me, tuning into his television programs over the years has always been equal parts entertainment and truth,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter about this year’s recipient. “In these often divisive and challenging times, someone like Jon, through his undaunted advocacy for first responders and veterans, also demonstrates that we all can make a difference in this world through humor, humanity, and patriotism. He is most deserving of this award and I certainly cannot wait to hear the Concert Hall full of laughter again on April 24th.”
The 23rd Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is under the direction of the creative team from Done + Dusted, the Kennedy Center’s producing partner for the Mark Twain Prize since 2018. This year’s ceremony marks the 23rd year that the Kennedy Center’s marquee comedy award will be broadcast nationally.