Thursday, May 26, 2022

Jon Stewart To Receive Mark Twain Lifetime Award For Comedy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Comedian, talk show host and political influencer Jon Stewart has been named the 23rd recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy.

The 59-year-old Stewart – born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz – rose to prominence as a standup comic and host of multiple failed talk shows before taking over Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 1999. His 16-year run as “Daily Show” host turned him into a cultural and political force as Stewart trained his satirical eye on both politics and an increasingly polarized national media.

“You’re doing theater when you should be doing a debate,” said Stewart in an openly hostile exchange with Carlson. “What do you do is not honest. What do you do is partisan hackery.”

Stewart’s appearance rocketed him to new levels of prominence and may have sealed the fate of “Crossfire,” which was canceled three months later.

“For me, tuning into his television programs over the years has always been equal parts entertainment and truth,” Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement. “In these often divisive and challenging times, someone like Jon, through his undaunted advocacy for first responders and veterans, also demonstrates that we all can make a difference in this world through humor, humanity, and patriotism.”

Stewart will be presented with the award during a gala ceremony on April 24, featuring testimonials by a host of comedians and surprise guests. He was one of the comedians who spoke during Dave Chappelle’s Mark Twain Award ceremony in 2019.

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