Funnyman Billy Crystal is to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The City Slickers star will be the 10th recipient of the honor when he's feted at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in October.
Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen Schwarzman insists choosing Crystal for the honor was easy: "The work he has created for stage, film and television has made an indelible impression. It is the work of not just a humorist but also a humanist."
A thrilled Crystal, who will join Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and Richard Pryor among the recipients, says, "To be given the same award as Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Neil Simon is a great honor."
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Actor Robert Redford and veteran singers Tina Turner and Tony Bennett
are among those who will be honored for their contribution to American culture
The annual Kennedy Center honors will also be given to actress Julie Harris
and ballerina Suzanne Farrell at the ceremony, to be attended by President
George W. Bush.
The Kennedy Center's Stephen A. Schwarzman says, "[Their] contributions to our
culture have transformed our lives."
In 2004, legendary actor Warren Beatty and rocker Sir Elton John were both
recipients of the award.
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