Washington, D.C.-born stand-up comedian and actor Dave Chappelle was previously named as the winner of Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Now the outstanding figures who will participate in the prize’s event for special appearances have been announced by the Kennedy Center.
The 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize scheduled to be held on October 27 at 8:00 p.m. will be featuring Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, along with others. It will be aired on PBS on January 6, 2020.
Chappelle has received many awards throughout his career, including two Emmy’s and two Grammy’s. He became especially popular with his satirical comedy series Chappelle’s Show, which aired between 2003 and 2006. His show was considered to be controversial because of its racial humor.
Chappelle went back to performing stand-up comedy after he left the series. He was ranked ninth on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time” in 2017.
“Dave Chappelle is an internationally recognized stand-up comedian and actor whose trademark wit and sharp, irreverent social commentary explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics, and fame. Arguably the most-touring comic on the circuit, Chappelle has performed more than 1,600 concerts worldwide in the past four years, selling out shows within minutes of their announcements,” the Kennedy Center’s website says.
The Mark Twain Prize will celebrate Chappelle’s successful career with the attendance of the above mentioned stars.
The prize is distributed for “recognizing people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain.”
Ticket information and other details are yet to be announced.