Talk show icon Jay Leno set for top US comedy honor
WASHINGTON, USA – The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will honor retired Tonight Show host Jay Leno with its Mark Twain humor prize at a gala in Washington on October 19, it said Wednesday, June 18.
Leno, 64, who stepped down from the long-running NBC show in February after a remarkable 22-year run, will become the first late-night American talk show host to receive the coveted prize.
"What an honor! I'm a big fan of Mark Twain's. In fact, A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite books!" quipped Leno in a Kennedy Center statement, referring to the Charles Dickens classic.
Past recipients include Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg. – Rappler.com