Day: May 16, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres to receive 2012 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

For the third consecutive year, The Kennedy Center is going relatively young with its pick for the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, selecting Ellen DeGeneres for the honor in 2012. That’s no knock against DeGeneres. At 54, Ellen dances smoothly past all of her daytime talk-show competitors. Her body of work — which began in the early 1980s with stand-up comedy in New Orleans, and saw her become the first female comedian summoned by Johnny Carson to the couch after her Tonight Show performance — has included 35 Daytime Emmy Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards, three straight...

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