Will Ferrell was awarded the 14th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night at the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The award was timely and well-deserved, at least to show-opener Jack Black who noted how Ferrell “makes you laugh so hard you cry and pee simultaneously."
Will Ferrell was honored for his contributions to comedy throughout his career. He became popular during his seven year stint on ‘Saturday Night Live’ with impressions of George W. Bush, Alex Trebek, and Robert Goulet, among many others. Later, Ferrell branched out to films including such comedy hits as ‘Old School,’ ‘Anchorman,’ and ‘Step Brothers.’ He joins such comedic greats in receiving the honor as Tina Fey, Steve Martin, and Lorne Michaels.
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Other guests on hand at the Kennedy Center last night included Paul Rudd, Ben Stiller, and John C. Reilly. Conan O’Brien spoke of how Ferrell book-ended O’Brien’s short-lived stay on ‘The Tonight Show’ - “It's a rare friend who's going to stick with you for five and a half months.” Fellow SNL alum Molly Shannon joked that Ferrell’s "agents and manager clearly bought this [the award] for him.”
Ferrell didn’t disappoint when he finally took the stage to accept, or to try to accept his award. “It’s about time,” said Ferrell receiving the bronze bust of Mark Twain before dropping the prop statuette and shattering it. “If my children try to touch this, I will beat them.”
Will Ferrell: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize will air Oct. 31 on PBS. Tune in to catch the funny man in good company to accept his honors.