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    The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will probably be announced in the next few weeks. There was no 2020 recipient. They generally have the ceremony in October. Who are the primary people under consideration this time?

    Here is a list I have assembled. They are all over age 50 (knowing they have chosen a small number younger than that, but it really shouldn’t be an option to go under a certain age).

    They’ve got to be willing and able to attend. I think some of these older ones might have been approached in other years but declined.

    Alan Alda

    Tim Allen

    Judd Apatow

    Candice Bergen

    James L. Brooks

    Mel Brooks

    James Burrows

    Steve Carell

    Ted Danson

    Kelsey Grammer

    Goldie Hawn

    Michael Keaton

    Norman Lear

    Bette Midler

    Chris Rock

    Jerry Seinfeld

    Will Smith

    Smothers Brothers

    Jon Stewart

    Ben Stiller

    Betty White

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    Previous recipients:

    Richard Pror (1998)

    Jonathan Winters (1999)

    Carl Reiner (2000)

    Whoopi Goldberg (2001)

    Bob Newhart (2002)

    Lily Tomlin (2003)

    Lorne Michaels (2004) — only non-American born person

    Steve Martin (2005)

    Neil Simon (2006)

    Billy Crystal (2007)

    George Carlin (2008)

    Bill Cosby (2009)

    Tina Fey (2010)

    Will Ferrell (2011)

    Ellen DeGeneres (2012)

    Carol Burnett (2013)

    Jay Leno (2014)

    Eddie Murphy (2015)

    Bill Murray (2016)

    David Letterman (2017)

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2018)

    Dave Chappelle (2019)

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    God please be Betty white

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    She’s on this list, but there’s no way they’re going to get her to attend in Washington. She should have been chosen years ago.

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    MEL BROOKS OR BETTE MIDLER

    Failing that, Jerry Seinfeld

    Jewish survivalist comedy representation

    Bill Hader and Barry in everything (2 babka)
    The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writing and directing

    Severance in drama series, writing, Adam Scott for best actor, Ben Stiller for drama directing, and the whole cast in supporting.

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    It really is a shame that Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, and Betty White have not won already.

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    She’s on this list, but there’s no way they’re going to get her to attend in Washington. She should have been chosen years ago.

    Honestly, I’m cool with her Zooming it in. Just as long as she gets it.

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    It looks like they’re leaning toward more contemporary choices lately, and it seems like a sticking point is that the recipient has to be there in person to accept. I’d go with Chris Rock. He’s getting this honor sooner or later anyways.

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    I’d go for Mel Brooks. Why he hasn’t gotten it before baffles me. Not that I feel too bad for him, since he’s already an EGOT winner.

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    Mel Brooks has likely turned it down several times. It took a few efforts to get him on the Kennedy Center Honors.

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    Another youngerperson that could be a possibility could be Bill Hader or Tony Shalhoub

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    Here is a list I have assembled. They are all over age 50 (knowing they have chosen a small number younger than that, but it really shouldn’t be an option to go under a certain age).

    More names to consider:

    Jim Carrey
    Stephen Colbert
    Larry David
    Conan O’Brien
    Tracey Ullman

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    Since it says American Humor in the title, they might not be inclined to go with Carrey or Ullman. They’ve only gone with one person born outside of the U.S. so far (Lorne Michaels).

    I wondered for a while why they hadn’t chosen the men from Monty Python or some SCTV-type people (O’Hara, Levy, Short), but that is probably the reason.

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    I wouldn’t be surprised if they selected Conan O’Brien who is ending his talk show this year. They awarded Jay Leno the year he stepped down. I know they delayed Letterman a bit but I believe he received the Kennedy Center Honor so they may have wanted more time in between the two.

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    Why has Mel Brooks turned down the Mark Twain prize?

    Also, Cosby’s got rescinded. And though I understand why I still don’t think it was entirely justified. Face it, he’s a great comedian but not a great person.

    How about “Weird Al” Yankovic?

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