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Comedian, actor and reggae artist Eddie Murphy will receive one of the most prestigious awards for comedians in the U.S. The 54-year-old comedian will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts.
Known for his great stand up routines and movies, Murphy will be awarded the humor prize named after writer, social commentator and satirist Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain and the award goes to those who influence society like Twain did.
Kennedy Centre officials say Murphy ‘has shown that like Mark Twain he was years ahead of his time’ and ‘he is truly a transformative comedian talking about provocative issues. Murphy is the most commercially successful African- American actor in film history with greats like 48 hours, Trading Places and Coming to America and don’t forget how it all began; young Eddie on Saturday Night Live in 1980.
He broke boundaries and led the way for today’s great black comics. Murphy will receive his award on October 18th; he’ll join past recipients as one of the legends…like Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg.
Source: TheGuardian.com/Image: s1.ibtimes.com
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