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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Be Awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is that this yr’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American tradition along with her iconic, unforgettable and outright hilarious model of humor,” Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the John F. Kennedy Middle for the Performing Arts, stated in The New York Instances Wednesday. “Over 4 many years, her wildly authentic characters and her present for bodily comedy have left us in stitches.”

Louis-Dreyfus accepted the dignity with humility—and, after all, humor. In a press release, the beloved star of Seinfeld and Veep joked, “Merely to hitch the record of distinguished recipients of this award can be honor sufficient, however, as a pupil of each American historical past and literature, the truth that Mr. Twain himself will probably be presenting the award to me in individual is especially gratifying.” The 57-year-old actress will probably be handed her award in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21.

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Later, Louis-Dreyfus tweeted, “Properly, that is insanely thrilling.”

Previous recipients embrace Richard Pryor (1998), Jonathan Winters (1999), Carl Reiner (2000), Whoopi Goldberg (2001), Bob Newhart (2002), Lily Tomlin (2003), Lorne Michaels (2004), Steve Martin (2005), Neil Simon (2006), Billy Crystal (2007), George Carlin (2008), Invoice Cosby (2009), Tina Fey (2010), Will Ferrell (2011), Ellen DeGeneres (2012), Carol Burnett (2013), Jay Leno (2014), Eddie Murphy (2015), Invoice Murray (2016) and David Letterman (2017).

(After he was convicted of sexual assault earlier this month, Cosby’s award was rescinded.)

An 11-time Emmy winner, Louis-Dreyfus will subsequent star within the seventh and last season of HBO’s Veep. The hit sequence, which went on hiatus so she might concentrate on her well being, will return in 2019.

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