Super funny actor Eddie Murphy, who stunned Hollywood with movies like ; “Nutty Professor”, “Dr Do-little”, “Coming To America” and “Beverly Hills Cop” will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year, bestowed by the Kennedy Center.
According to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Murphy is the 18th comedian to receive this award. Television comedians like Jay Leno won the prize in 2014 while Carol Burnett in 2013.
The Kennedy Center dubbed the 54-year-old iconic actor & comedian as “the most commercially successful African-American actor in the history of the motion picture business.” Like many American comedians, he got his big break when he joined the cast of late-night variety show “Saturday Night Live.”
Eddie Murphy expressed his appreciation via their web-site in the words: “I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Kennedy Center and to join the distinguished list of past recipients of this award,”
There will be a gala performance in his honor featuring fellow comedians at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 18.
Congratulations to the Hollywood star!