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Will Ferrell: 2011 Mark Twain Prize Recipient
The Kennedy Center will present the 14th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Will Ferrell on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The award, named to honor one of America's—and the world's—greatest humorists, will feature a lineup of the biggest names in entertainment, including Jack Black, Green Day, Larry King, Nathan Lane, Adam McKay, Lorne Michaels, Conan O'Brien, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, and Molly Shannon.
This cast of top entertainers will salute Will Ferrell in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The evening will pay tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the television icon and motion picture star.
The broadcast is traditionally a popular special on television, and, each year, the show continues to grow in audience appeal. In addition to the performance and Prize presentation, guests are invited to the post-show dinner reception with the artists, held on the Center's Roof Terrace Level.
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FERREL_111023_05.JPG: Jack Black @ Kennedy Center
FERREL_111023_09.JPG: Jack Black
FERREL_111023_14.JPG: Andy Samberg
FERREL_111023_18.JPG: Paul Rudd @ Kennedy Center
FERREL_111023_19.JPG: William Daley
FERREL_111023_27.JPG: Ed Asner @ Kennedy Center
FERREL_111023_42.JPG: Conan O'Brien
FERREL_111023_51.JPG: Will Ferrell @ Kennedy Center
FERREL_111023_53.JPG: Will Ferrell
FERREL_111023_54.JPG: Will Ferrell
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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, Lar ...More...
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2011 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs camera as well as two Nikon models -- the D90 and the new D7000. Mostly a toy, I also purchased a Fuji Real 3-D W3 camera, to try out 3-D photographs. I found it interesting although I don't see any real use for 3-D stills now. Given that many of the photos from the 1860s were in 3-D (including some of the more famous Civil War shots), it's odd to see it coming back.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences (Savannah, GA, Chattanooga, TN),
New Jersey over Memorial Day for my birthday (people never seem to visit New Jersey -- it's always just a pit stop on the way to New York. I thought I might as well spend a few days there. Despite some nice places, it still ended up a pit stop for me -- New York City was infinitely more interesting),
my 6th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco).
Ego strokes: Author photos that I took were used on two book jackets this year: Jason Emerson's book "The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow As Revealed by Her Own Letters" and Dennis L. Noble's "The U.S. Coast Guard's War on Human Smuggling." I also had a photo of Jason Stelter published in the Washington Examiner and a picture of Miss DC, Ashley Boalch, published in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 390,000.