Ellen DeGeneres is the 2012 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The accolade is meant to honor “one of the world’s greatest humorists,” and will be presented to DeGeneres on Oct. 22 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“The Kennedy Center is happy to recognize Ellen DeGeneres’ unique contributions to the world of comedy,” said David M. Rubenstein, the chairman of the Kennedy Center. “Through her television programs, stand-up appearances, movies, and even commercials, her special brand of humor has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years.”
DeGeneres issued a statement in response to the accolade, saying, “It’s such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize. To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder… why didn’t I get this sooner?”