WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of celebrities and comedy royalty will collect Sunday evening on the Kennedy Heart as comic, speak present host and political influencer Jon Stewart receives the Mark Twain Prize for lifetime achievement in humor.
Stewart, the twenty third recipient of the prize, will likely be honored by testimonials and skits from fellow comedians and former Mark Twain recipients. Stewart himself spoke throughout Dave Chappelle’s Mark Twain ceremony in 2019.
The 59-year-old Stewart — born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz — rose to prominence as a standup comedian and host of a number of failed speak exhibits earlier than taking up Comedy Central’s “The Day by day Present” in 1999. His 16-year run as “Day by day Present” host turned him right into a cultural and political pressure as Stewart skilled his satirical eye on each politics and an more and more polarized nationwide media.
In maybe his most iconic second, Stewart went on CNN’s widespread “Crossfire” debate present in 2004 and challenged the present’s whole premise of left-wing vs. right-wing debate. Stewart instructed co-hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala that they had a “duty to the general public discourse” that they had been cheapening with insincere political role-playing.
Stewart’s look rocketed him to new ranges of prominence and political relevance and should have sealed the destiny of “Crossfire,” which was canceled three months later.
Since retiring from “The Day by day Present” in 2015, Stewart has develop into a vocal proponent of a lot of social causes and one of the vital distinguished voices in assist of well being look after Sept. 11 first responders in New York Metropolis. He lately returned to tv as host of “The Downside with Jon Stewart” on Apple TV+.
When Stewart’s choice was introduced in January, Kennedy Heart President Deborah F. Rutter hailed his physique of labor as “equal components leisure and reality.”
Rutter mentioned Stewart’s profession “demonstrates that all of us could make a distinction on this world by means of humor, humanity, and patriotism.”
This would be the first Mark Twain ceremony since Chappelle’s in 2019. The award skipped 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Except for that two-year break, the prize has been offered yearly since 1998, with Richard Pryor receiving the primary honors.
Different recipients embrace Carol Burnett (the oldest recipient at age 80), Tina Fey (the youngest at age 40), Eddie Murphy, Jonathan Winters, George Carlin and Lily Tomlin. 2009 recipient Invoice Cosby had his prize rescinded in 2018 amid a number of allegations of sexual assault.