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  posted on 11/10/2008 at 06:54 PM
Carlin Meets Mark Twain
Monday, Nov 10, 2008 2:41PM
George Carlin thought only one comedy award was legit - the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor - and the comedian will be posthumously bestowed with the prize Nov. 10.
The honor was announced shortly before Carlin died in June at 71 of heart failure. This is the first time the prize will be awarded posthumously.
The Mark Twain Prize ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will include Jon Stewart, Lily Tomlin, Joan Rivers, Bill Maher, Margaret Cho, Gary Shandling, Denis Leary, Lewis Black and Richard Belzer.
"He would have been humbly grateful," Carlin's longtime manager and best friend, Jerry Hamza, said. "Also, George, who throughout his career was perceived as an outsider or maverick, had a real desire to connect with other comedians. He loved being in that club."
The Twain Prize was instituted in 1998 and first given to Richard Pryor. Recent recipients include Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Tomlin.




[Edited on 11/11/2008 by Mulehead1]

 

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  posted on 11/10/2008 at 06:58 PM
This is great! George is in good company with prior award recipients and I'm sure he's smiling somewhere.

 

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