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Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Steve gets Mark Twain
Kennedy Center Taps Steve Martin For Mark Twain Prize
POSTED: 2:37 pm EDT May 10, 2005
WASHINGTON -- A wild and crazy guy has been named the recipient of this year's Mark Twain Prize for Humor.
Steve Martin, who played one of the "Wild and Crazy" Festrunk brothers opposite Dan Aykroyd on "Saturday Night Live," will be honored this fall at the Kennedy center in Washington.
Center Chairman Stephen Schwarzman said Martin's comedy has been a "joy for all Americans."
Beginning in stand-up comedy (he coined the phrase, "Well, excuuuuuse meeeee!"), Martin has gone on to make films ("The Jerk," "Roxanne" and "Cheaper by the Dozen"), written plays, novels and has hosted the Oscars.
Through it all, however, his quick wit seems to have remained intact.
"Mark Twain is a great guy and I can't wait to meet him," Martin joked.
Martin's fellow comedians will take part in his tribute, which will be held Oct. 23.
The event will be taped for broadcast on a later date.