Jay Leno has just booked his next stop on the Career Achievement Award Express. The former Tonight Show host will receive the 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a gala October 19 at Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Carol Burnett was last year’s honoree of the award, which the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts bestows annually in a ceremony taped for broadcast on PBS. The pubcaster will air the Leno gala November 23. Leno exited NBC’s The Tonight Show in February after a 22-year run. He was inducted into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame in March, and in April he had a street named for him on the Universal Studios lot. “Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American daily life,” Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein in the press release this morning. “For both men, no one was too high or too low to escape their wit, and we are all the better for it.”
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