David Letterman has been named as the recipient of this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.
This award is one of the highest honours a comic can earn and he truly deserves it.
After 30 years on late night tv he left The Late Show in 2015. Over this time he became known for his characteristic deadpan humour as well as signature segments like nightly Top 10 lists and Stupid Human Tricks.
He’ll be taking over for last year’s winner, Bill Murray, and will be the latest in a long line of incredible performers to receive the prize, including Richard Pryor, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Carol Burnett, and Jay Leno.
The award will be handed on October 22nd at Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts and will be televised nationally.
Deborah Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center, had some very kind words for Letterman in the official release announcing the prize:
“For decades, David Letterman delivered comedy to America that was smart, authentic and, frankly, what many of us came to rely upon to elevate our spirits after a long day. Raise your hand if, like me, you shifted your bedtime because you didn’t want to miss a moment of Dave on television lest you not be part of the conversation with friends and co-workers the next day.”
And, in true Letterman fashion, the beloved late night pioneer responded cheekily:
“This is an exciting honour. For 33 years, there was no better guest, no greater friend of the show, than Mark Twain. The guy could really tell a story.”
One of our favourites Bill Murray won the prize last year. For more click the link below.