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Eddie Murphy Actor to receive top US humor prize

Eddie Murphy will be a recipient of a prestigious comedy honor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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(Metro co.UK)

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced on Thursday, April 9, 2015 that 54-year-old Eddie Murphy will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The humor prize is aimed at honoring those who influence society through their social commentary and satire in the tradition of Mark Twain.

“Through his appearances on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ groundbreaking stand-up comedy, and work as a movie star, Eddie Murphy has shown that like Mark Twain, he was years ahead of his time.” - Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement,

Responding to the awards, Murphy said “I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Kennedy Center and to join the distinguished list of past recipients of this award.”

Past recipients include Jay Leno, Carol Burnett and Ellen DeGeneres.

The gala honoring Murphy would hold on October 18, 2015 and will be recorded for broadcast.

Eddie Murphy's films include 'Beverly Hills Cop,' 'The Nutty Professor' and 'Dreamgirls,' 'Coming To America' among others.

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