John Stewart may no longer be in American living rooms at night, but he’s still busy directing the movie. join twitter, made a cameo appearance on his friend Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, debuted his own, and now won a comedy award.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that it will recognize the 59-year-old former Daily Show host’s political satire and activism when it presents him with its 23rd annual Mark Twain Award for American Humor, honoring people who have “influenced on American society just like” Twain, at a ceremony on 24 April.
Stewart, who hosted The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central for 16 years, left in 2015 to pursue other hobbies, including filmmaking and community service on behalf of the 9/11 rescuers. Last fall, he made his debut on the new biweekly comedy show The Trouble with John Stewart on Apple TV+, which brings together people affected by various aspects of a global problem, such as war and economic problems, to discuss the way forward.
Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement, “For over three decades, John Stewart has graced our lives and challenged our minds by speaking about current events and social satire with his characteristic wit and wisdom. For me, watching his television programs over the years has always been equal parts entertainment and truth.”
Previous Mark Twain Prize winners include Bill Murray, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett and Ellen DeGeneres. The award has been presented annually since 1998, with the exception of the 2020 and 2021 pandemics. The award was also given to Bill Cosby in 2009, but the Kennedy Center rescinded it in 2018 after he was convicted of sexual assault. His conviction was overturned by a Pennsylvania court last year.