The Kennedy Center said in a statement that actor and comedian Adam Sandler will receive the 24th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which recognizes “individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist” Mark Twain, for whom the award is named.
The Kennedy Center tweeted : “This spring, some of the biggest names in comedy will gather to honor the comedian, actor, writer, producer, and musician at this annual celebration of iconic humorists.”
The 56-year-old Sandler, a Saturday Night Live alum, has starred in the comedy blockbusters Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Billy Madison, Big Daddy, 50 First Dates, Murder Mystery and the Hotel Transylvania franchise. Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement: “Adam Sandler has entertained audiences for over three decades with his films, music, and his tenure as a fan favorite cast member on ‘SNL.’ Adam has created characters that have made us laugh, cry, and cry from laughing. I am looking forward to a laughter-filled evening like no other as we celebrate his career at a ceremony that is sure to bring together the best in comedy.”
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