Will Ferrell To Receive Mark Twain Prize For American Humor
By Joseph Giannone 2011-05-12 11:56:47
Despite his most recent movies, Will Ferrell is a comedy force not to be reckoned with. The comedian has 7 years of Saturday Night Live under his belt, he created the leading comedy website FunnyorDie.com, and he’s starred in hilarious movies like Anchorman, Elf, and Old School. This should be no surprise to you then: Ferrell is next in a long line of comedians to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In the past, comedians like Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, and most recently Tina Fey, have received this distinguished award.
The SNL alum will be presented this award October 23rd at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC. During the awards ceremony, Ferrell will be celebrated by his past and present colleagues. We could only hope that cowbells, Welshly Arms Hotel residents, and 1970’s anchormen will be involved.
In a statement obtained by USA Today, Ferrell expresses his gratitude: “I am truly honored to receive this distinction.” He continues, “I will now begin cultivating a Mark Twain-esque moustache in anticipation of the event.”
It's exciting to contemplate how this will pan out. Nobody deserves the award more than Ferrell. In honor of this news, here are two of (my) favorite moments from Will Ferrell’s career. Enjoy!!