DC -- Kennedy Center -- Mark Twain Prize (2009 -- Bill Cosby):
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Description of Pictures: Bill Cosby will be feted by an all-star roster of talent when he receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 26. Among those saluting the multi-talented Cosby will be fellow comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Sinbad and Dick Gregory. Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson will pay tribute to Cosby in song. And representing his top-rated sitcom "The Cosby Show" will be Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm Jamal-Warner.
The list of people who were there to salute him was as follows (not all of whom I saw):
Bill Russell (barely seen), Carl Reiner, Chris Rock, Dick Gregory, James DePriest, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Heath, Len Chandler, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Phylicia Rashad, Rita Moreno, Sinbad, Steven Wright, Willie Nelson, and Wynton Marsalis (not seen).
Also noticed were Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of HHS) and George Stephanopoulos.
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COSBY_091026_027.JPG: This guy had collected all of the autograph stuff from the professional autograph hounds to be signed by Cosby.
COSBY_091026_037.JPG: Steven Wright
COSBY_091026_042.JPG: Steven Wright @ the Kennedy Center for the Mark Twain Prize
COSBY_091026_046.JPG: This was the main security guard
COSBY_091026_048.JPG: James DePriest
COSBY_091026_056.JPG: This guy was pretty aggressive at the autograph thing
COSBY_091026_068.JPG: Rita Moreno
COSBY_091026_089.JPG: Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of HHS)
COSBY_091026_096.JPG: Bill Russell in the background completely ignored us
COSBY_091026_097.JPG: Len Chandler
COSBY_091026_101.JPG: Jimmy Heath
COSBY_091026_108.JPG: Len Chandler
COSBY_091026_129.JPG: Phylicia Rashad
COSBY_091026_146.JPG: Malcolm-Jamal Warner
COSBY_091026_154.JPG: Rita Moreno
COSBY_091026_156.JPG: Carl Reiner and his manager, George Shapiro
COSBY_091026_159.JPG: Dick Gregory
COSBY_091026_172.JPG: Bill Cosby and family
COSBY_091026_175.JPG: Bill Cosby and family @ the Kennedy Center for the Mark Twain Prize
COSBY_091026_188.JPG: Willie Nelson
COSBY_091026_192.JPG: Willie Nelson @ the Kennedy Center for the Mark Twain Prize
COSBY_091026_196.JPG: Jerry Seinfeld (with Chris Rock)
COSBY_091026_200.JPG: Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld
COSBY_091026_206.JPG: George Stephanopoulos with wife Alexandra Wentworth
Wikipedia Description: Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
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The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is awarded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts annually since 1998. It is named after the 19th century novelist, essayist and humorist Mark Twain. The Mark Twain Prize is America’s foremost award for humor, presented annually by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to an individual who has made a significant contribution to American humor. The Prize is presented at a live taping at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC, during which the honoree is celebrated by his peers.
The first annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was held on October, 20, 1998 and was presented to legendary comedian, Richard Pryor. The first two years of The Mark Twain Prize (Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters) were taped and broadcast on Comedy Central. Since then, the award presentations have been taped for broadcast on PBS.
In 2007, the Mark Twain Prize celebrated its 10th anniversary and presented The Prize to Billy Crystal. For the first time in 10 years, the show was held in the Opera House of The Kennedy Center on October 11, 2007 and was broadcast on November 12, 2007 on PBS. The evening's presenters included Bob Costas, Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman, David Letterman, Jon Lovitz, Rob Reiner, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Joe Torre, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams.
In the 10 year history of the Mark Twain Prize, numerous artists have participated in celebrating its past honorees including: Morgan Freeman, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Mary Tyler Moore, Rob Reiner, Jerry Seinfeld, Dick Van Dyke, Cedric The Entertainer, David Hyde Pierce, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Dan Aykroyd, Candice Bergen, Tina Fey, Darrell Hammond, Tracy Morgan, Conan O'Brien, Paul Simon, David Spade, Christopher Walken, Claire Danes, Larry David, Tom Hanks, Eric Idle, Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman, Mike Nichols, Carl Reiner, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, Christina Applegate, Matthew Broderick, Richard Dreyfuss, Nathan Lane and Robert Redford.
Recipients of The Mark Twain Prize:
* 1998 - Richard Pryor
* 1999 - Jonathan Winters
* 2000 - Carl Reiner
* 2001 - Whoopi Goldberg
* 2002 - Bob Newhart
* 2003 - Lily Tomlin
* 2004 - Lorne Michaels
* 2005 - Steve Martin
* 2006 - Neil Simon
* 2007 - Billy Crystal
* 2008 - George Carlin
* 2009 - Bill Cosby
* 2010 - Tina Fey
* 2011 - Will Ferrell
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