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Ellen DeGeneres to Receive 2012 Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

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Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been named the 2012 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recipient, The Kennedy Center has announced. A number of celebrities including Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, John Leguizamo, Jane Lynch, Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin and Loudon Wainwright III, among others are set to salute DeGeneres on October 22. The show will be telecast on PBS stations on October 30. Check out what The Kennedy Center had to say about the funny woman after the jump!

"The Kennedy Center is happy to recognize Ellen DeGeneres' unique contributions to the world of comedy," stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. "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." 

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