Comedy takes center stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as Bill Murray receives the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The event was held Sunday and airs Friday night on PBS at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Watch a sneak peek above). Murray follows a long line of comedians and actors to receive the award, including Richard Pryor (1998), Bob Newhart (2002), Carol Burnett (2013), Jay Leno (2014), and Eddie Murphy (2015).
Murray began his career in the 1970s as part of the “Saturday Night Live” ensemble. Fellow cast members Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman plus frequent guest host Steve Martin help honor him on this tribute. His film career has included “Stripes,” “Caddyshack,” “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Lost in Translation,” and “St. Vincent.”
Others taking part on the special include director Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters” director), Sigourney Weaver (“Ghostbusters” co-star), David Letterman and Paul Shaffer (long-time friends from “Late Night” and “Late Show”), comedians Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Jimmy Kimmel, actress Emma Stone, and singer Miley Cyrus.
Murray received an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe win for the 2003 movie “Lost in Translation.” Other Globe nominations were for “Ghostbusters” (1985), “Rushmore” (1999), “Hyde Park on Hudson” (2013), and “St. Vincent” (2015). He has also won two Emmy Awards as part of the writing team for “Saturday Night Live” (1977) and for his supporting role on “Olive Kitteridge” (2015).
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