The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recently announced comedian Kevin Hart as the latest recipient of the 25th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The honor “recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, colloquially known as Mark Twain.”
The 44-year-old Hollywood star shared his gratitude for being selected. He said, “I’ve been doing comedy since the inception of this award 25 years ago. To be honored in this commemorative year feels surreal. Comedy is my outlet for social commentary and observations on life—I am grateful to the Kennedy Center for recognizing my voice and impact on culture.” He added, “I can’t wait to celebrate!”
The “Ride Along” star will be presented with the prestigious honor on March 24, 2024, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, surrounded by some of the biggest names in comedy. Other comedians receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award include George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett, and Dave Chapelle.