Bill Murray to receive 2016 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

The Kennedy Center announced today that it’ll award Bill Murray the 2016 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Said Murray in a statement: “I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.”

And from Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter: “His unique brand of humor seems to defy time itself — always remaining relevant and relatable to new audiences — much like our award’s namesake.”

Murray graduated from Second City to Saturday Night Live in 1977, and became a fan favorite on the big-screen through Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Scrooged, Quick Change, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Kingpin, Wild Things, Rushmore, Charlie’s Angels, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation, and even your favorites that weren’t others’ favorites.

And of course, his eccentric nature of drop-in surprise appearance seemingly everywhere and anywhere.

The star-studded ceremony will take place Oct. 23, 2016, at the Kennedy Center, recorded as usual for later broadcast on PBS.

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