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Ellen DeGeneres to Receive Mark Twain Prize for Bringing the Funny: "Why Didn't I Get This Sooner?"

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Ellen DeGeneres sure has something to dance about: She's receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall!

The award recognizes individuals who've had an impact on American society much like Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain.

"The Kennedy Center is happy to recognize Elle DeGeneres' unique contributions to the world of comedy," Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said Tuesday in a statement. "Through her television programs, stand-up appearances, movies and even commercials, her special brand of humor has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years."

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After learning she will receive the Mark Twain Prize, DeGeneres, 54, quipped: "It's such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize. To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder…why didn't I get this sooner?"

The prize will be awarded at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 22.

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