At 44, the actor-comedian is the youngest humorist to be honored in more than a decade
The Kennedy Center will bestow the 25th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on its youngest recipient in more than a decade: Kevin Hart, the 44-year-old actor and comedian celebrated for his arena-packing stand-up shows and riotous screen presence.
Hart will accept the award in a March 24 ceremony at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the arts institution announced Wednesday. Guests and plans for broadcasting the event have not been released.
The Mark Twain Prize is given to humorists who affect American society in ways similar to Samuel Clemens, the esteemed 19th-century novelist and essayist also known as Mark Twain. Created in 1998 and first awarded to Richard Pryor, the prize has in recent years been given to such seasoned comedians as Bill Murray, David Letterman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Stewart and Adam Sandler.
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