Dave Chappelle on Jon Stewart | 2022 Mark Twain Prize

Dave Chappelle on Jon Stewart | 2022 Mark Twain Prize


Commenting on the prize, Stewart said, “I am truly honored to receive this award. I have long admired and been influenced by the work of Mark Twain, or, as he was known by his given name, Samuel Leibowitz.”

“For more than three decades, Jon Stewart has brightened our lives and challenged our minds as he delivers current events and social satire with his trademark wit and wisdom. For me, tuning into his television programs over the years has always been equal parts entertainment and truth”
— Deborah F. Rutter, Kennedy Center President

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist, and creator of characters, Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective on social injustice and personal folly.

As a recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Stewart received a copy of an 1884 bronze portrait bust of Mark Twain sculpted by Karl Gerhardt (1853–1940). Previous recipients can be seen by scrolling down this page.

Capital One® is the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor as part of the bank’s three-year, $3 million gift to fund Comedy at the Kennedy Center, a signature program at the Center focused on elevating comedy as an art form and uniting the community through laughter.

The 23rd Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is under the direction of the creative team from Done + Dusted, the Kennedy Center’s producing partner for the Mark Twain Prize since 2018. This year’s ceremony marks the 23rd year that the Kennedy Center’s marquee comedy award will be broadcast nationally.

The event was created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky, Mark Krantz, and John Schreiber. The Kennedy Center is grateful to Cappy McGarr for his steadfast support of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor since its inception in 1998.

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30 Responses

  1. KC Nwokoye says:

    Dave always brings heart and soul to his routine and when he truly cares about something, it comes through so beautifully. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this.

  2. BEatin BuZZers says:

    Did you see the sincerity in that mans eyes, and words? That was one of the greatest tributes I’ve EVER seen, and it came from one of the MOST sincere men on the planet. These are two people that America should be proud of. Protect these men from all foes. Thank you for that Dave, and thank you for EVERYTHING Jon. Much love from the little guy…

  3. Dan Onil Galang says:

    Dave’s story telling + stage presence is really topnotch. He can give a heartfelt speech to a dear friend but still keeps reminding everyone what’s he really good at.

  4. MIchael Conroy says:

    I taught public speaking for 15 years. If that was, indeed, totally extemporaneous, it is one of the most remarkable speeches I have ever heard. Perfect timing, flawless transitions, nary a *like*, *uhm*, or *you know*. And the sentiments: so authentic, so poignant, so heartfelt. Truly remarkable.

    • Jackson Boyer says:

      Dave’s an absolute master storyteller. He knows it whole heartedly, he did an entire bit where he told the audience the punch line before he had even started the joke, and he still made everyone burst out laughing at the end.

    • Lisa Green says:

      Check out his speech at Jay-Zs Rock & Roll HoF induction.

    • Bill Soular says:

      @bontronblock how ironic…you’re better than this 🤷‍♂️

    • Josh Wilson says:

      @bontronblock The irony of you calling anyone an attention seeker with a pathetic comment like that is astounding.

    • MIchael Conroy says:

      @bontronblock A. Who died and made you the YouTube comments gatekeeper? B. In an era in which everything is so toxic, why would you troll someone for giving another person a compliment? Oh, I guess I just answered my own question.

  5. captain spaulding says:

    Truer words could never be spoken. Jon Stewart and Dave Chapelle are national treasures we must protect at all costs.

  6. cycoklr says:

    Spoken straight from the heart. What a great tribute to a friend. 🧡

  7. Shawn Bennett says:

    I never been so tearied eyed after Chappelle. You hit it on the nose we trust Jon we love you Dave. I feel lucky to have been able to grow up with you guys. Jon has kept the news for those who have ears to hear the truth. We should all be so lucky to have a Jon Stewart every generation.

  8. Existencerased says:

    Man, the sincerity, and the eloquence of Dave Chapelle. You can tell he meant every word of his speech. He had me near tears and laughing at the same time.

  9. Bob Abooey says:

    Dave has incredible timing. A great quality about that guy is he isn’t afraid to show his human side when the camera is on. He’s not the 100mph comedian cracking a joke every 2 seconds because he feels he needs to. He is rock solid.

  10. Alan D. Parr says:

    “I didn’t prepare a speech” drops one of the most heartfelt and beautifully constructed speeches I’ve ever heard.

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