Kevin Hart Announced as 2024 Recipient of Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: It ‘Feels Surreal’

“I am grateful to the Kennedy Center for recognizing my voice and impact on culture,” Hart said in a press release announcing the honor

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Kevin Hart is being honored in a big way.

On Wednesday, the Kennedy Center announced that the 44-year-old actor and comedian will be the 25th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, scheduled to be awarded during a gala performance at the center’s Concert Hall in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2024.

“I’ve been doing comedy since the inception of this award 25 years ago. To be honored in this commemorative year feels surreal,” Hart said in a release announcing the news.

“Comedy is my outlet for social commentary and observations on life — I am grateful to the Kennedy Center for recognizing my voice and impact on culture,” he added. “I can’t wait to celebrate!”
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Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said, “For over three decades, Kevin Hart has been a source of laughter across America and throughout the world with his iconic characters, inimitable physical comedy and relatable narratives.”

She went on to describe Hart as “an accomplished writer, producer, actor and comedian” who “has made lasting contributions to the comedic landscape and represents our celebration of American humor at the Kennedy Center.”

“We express our gratitude to Kevin for enriching American culture and look forward to celebrating his exceptional career,” Rutter concluded.

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, presented by Wells Fargo and named after the late writer and humorist of the same name, honors those who’ve had an impact on society. Past recipients include Richard Pryor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle and, most recently, Adam Sandler.
Aside from his extensive tenure in standup comedy and numerous awards, Hart is well-known for his roles in projects like the Jumanji movies, Fatherhood and the upcoming Netflix heist comedy Lift.

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