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THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE: JAY LENO
November 23, 2014  | By David Bianculli

PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

The latest honoree of this prize, named after the greatest humorist and political satirist in American history, is Jay Leno. Guests assembled for the night’s festivities include Leno’s Tonight Show successor, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Jerry Seinfeld and Betty White. Not to rain on Leno’s parade, but every year at this time, I wonder: Why in the hell hasn’t this award been bestowed upon the Smothers Brothers, whose sense of humor, and outrage, matched Mark Twain’s in deed as well as spirit? Check local listings.

 
 
 
 
 
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