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Fallon to lead honors as Leno wins top humor prize

By Brett Zongker, Associated Press

Published: Wed, Aug. 27 11:20 p.m. MDT

 FILE - This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, left, and Jimmy Fallon backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations.

FILE - This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, left, and Jimmy Fallon backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations.

(AP, file, Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision)

WASHINGTON — Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his "Tonight Show" predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

The performing arts center announced Wednesday that Fallon will join Chelsea Handler, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Betty White, Kevin Eubanks and others in honoring Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations.

The prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society through their humor and social commentary in the tradition of Samuel Clemens, the writer and satirist better known as Twain. Past recipients include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Cosby.

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1. Understands Math
Lacey, WA,
Aug. 27, 2014

So, Jay Leno has won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Johnny Carson never did.

I present to you: the value of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

2. Loconic
Alpine, UT,
Aug. 29, 2014

Both Johnny Carson and Jimmy Fallon were and are multiple times more funny than Jay Leno ever was. I can't say that I agree that Leno deserves this. Probably giving this more out of recognition for time on network television rather than actual humor merit.