DeGeneres to Receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Monday Night

Jane Lynch, John Leguizamo, Jimmy Kimmel, Kristin Chenoweth to honor Ellen DeGeneres

Monday, Oct 22, 2012  |  Updated 11:20 AM EDT
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DeGeneres to Receive Mark Twain Prize Monday Night

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Jane Lynch and John Leguizamo are joining a lineup that includes Jimmy Kimmel and Kristin Chenoweth to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the nation's top humor prize in Washington.

The Kennedy Center is awarding DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday night. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations.

Star entertainers will deliver tribute performances to salute DeGeneres. The lineup also includes Jason Mraz, John Krasinski and Sean Hayes.

DeGeneres began her career as a comedy club emcee in her native New Orleans. Soon after, she became the first female comedian summoned to late-night host Johnny Carson's desk to chat.

The prize honors Mark Twain's tradition of satire and social commentary. Past winners include Bill Cosby, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Steve Martin.

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