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Dave Chappelle to receive Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize

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Dave Chappelle is poised to receive one of the top honors at the Kennedy Center: the Mark Twain Prize.

The comedian — who frequently weighs in on political, racial and social issues as part of his standup — was announced as the recipient of the prestigious award on Tuesday. The award “recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, best known as Mark Twain.”

{mosads}In a statement, Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter called Chappelle “the embodiment of Mark Twain’s observation that ‘against the assault of humor, nothing can stand.'”

“For three decades, Dave has challenged us to see hot-button issues from his entirely original yet relatable perspective,” Rutter said. “Dave is a hometown hero here in Washington, D.C., where he grew up. We’re so looking forward to welcoming him back home.”

The 45-year-old comedian stirred controversy in 2016 when, while hosting “Saturday Night Live” shortly after Donald Trump’s election, he asked people to give the president-elect “a chance.”

He later expressed regret about the remark, saying in 2017, “I f—ed up. Sorry.”

In a Netflix comedy special that same year, Chappelle quipped that he felt sorry for “poor whites” who voted for Trump in 2016.

Imitating a Trump supporter, Chappelle said, “Man, Donald Trump’s gonna go to Washington and he’s gonna fight for us.”

“And I’m standing there thinking in my mind, you dumb motherf—er.”

“You are poor,” Chappelle said, before adding of Trump, “He’s fighting for me!”

Previous winners of the Mark Twain Prize include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Letterman, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy and Carol Burnett.

The ceremony will be held on Oct. 27 in Washington, and will air on PBS stations on Jan. 6 of next year.

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