Jon Stewart
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Jon Stewart is getting one of comedy’s most coveted awards — the former “Daily Show” host is the next recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The Washington performing arts institution announced Stewart as the winner of its prestigious annual award on Wednesday.

Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter credited Stewart with having “brightened our lives and challenged our minds as he delivers current events and social satire with his trademark wit and wisdom.”

“In these often divisive and challenging times, someone like Jon, through his undaunted advocacy for first responders and veterans, also demonstrates that we all can make a difference in this world through humor, humanity, and patriotism,” Rutter said in a statement.

Stewart, who was born Jon Leibowitz, has been a fixture of sorts on Capitol Hill in recent years, lobbying Congress to help 9/11 first responders access a compensation fund and working to aid veterans whose health was harmed by exposure to burn pits.

The 59-year-old comedian — who currently hosts “The Problem with Jon Stewart” on Apple TV+ — quipped in a statement, “I am truly honored to receive this award. I have long admired and been influenced by the work of Mark Twain, or, as he was known by his given name, Samuel Leibowitz.”

The previous recipients of the 23-year-old Mark Twain Prize, which “recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society,” include David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey and Dave Chappelle.

Stewart will be honored at an April 24 gala in Washington, marking the first ceremony for the award since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

—Updated at 2:02 p.m.

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