Kennedy Center Honors Ellen

23 Oct 2012 - By TW Staff

Last night, Ellen DeGeneres received the country’s highest comedy honor, the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, for her inspirational and trailblazing career. In announcing the prize, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein noted how DeGeneres’ “special brand of humor has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years."

Ellen’s Emmy award-winning syndicated talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is produced by Warner Bros.’ Telepictures Productions. The popular daytime show, now in its ninth season, recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show, in addition to numerous other awards, including 12 People’s Choice Awards, two Genesis Awards, a GLAAD Media Award and its third consecutive Teen Choice Award.

This year’s Kennedy Center Twain Prize ceremony airs October 30 on PBS and features top comedians and entertainers paying tribute to Ellen, including: Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, John Leguizamo, Jane Lynch, Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin, Loudon Wainwright III and others.

Watch a promo for the awards ceremony, which airs Oct. 30 on PBS at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings).