Evanston native, Emmy winner, Second City and “SNL” alum and Cubs fan Bill Murray will receive and the 19th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 23, presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, will be presented at a gala celebration, which will be taped for televised broadcast at a later date.
“Since his first performances on Saturday Night Live more than three decades ago, Bill Murray has charmed us with unforgettable performances from an eclectic cast of characters that have become ingrained in our cultural vernacular,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, in today’s official announcement. “An award-winning writer, actor and comedian, his brilliant wit and infectious spirit continue to inspire our laughter across generations both on and off the screen. His unique brand of humor seems to defy time itself—always remaining relevant and relatable to new audiences—much like our award’s namesake.”
In that same statement, Murray said: “I’m honored by this award and by its timing. I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.”
Murray’s roster of films includes “Groundhog Day,” “Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack,” “Meatballs,” “Lost in Translation” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Rushmore.”