On Sunday, November 23rd, PBS will honor comedian Jay Leno, who is this year’s recipient of the treasured Mark Twain Prize For American Humor.
I am so thrilled for him. He is considered to be the best of the best stand-up comedians. No one quite has his quick wit -call it his Scottish/ Italian heritage combined with his innate comedic talent.
Also, as host of The Tonight Show, he propelled and maintained the Number One spot despite the critics and controversy swirling about his life. Nothing swayed Jay – as someone once said: “He could take a punch”.
And, as much as I love Jimmy Fallon, I miss the in depth interviews Jay conducted with his guests. Particularly impressive were his interviews with non-show biz guests, such as politicians, novelty guests and crusaders.
Jay was able to perfectly balance both sides of his performing skills – regular guy versus intellectual. He was extremely diverse and, yet, at the core, his insightful humor pulled everything together.
Here is what to expect on Sunday, November 23rd:
A lineup of top entertainers, including Garth Brooks, Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes will salute Jay Leno at the 17th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, October 19, 2014 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The evening will pay tribute to the humor and accomplishments of Jay Leno, and will be videotaped by WETA Washington, D.C. as Jay Leno: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize. The program will air on PBS stations nationwide November 23, 2014 (check local listings). Artists are subject to change.
I have set my DVR to record this television event! Will you be watching? Apparently it is a very entertaining ride!