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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