Thesp to receive Kennedy Center humor kudos

WASHINGTON — The Kennedy Center has tapped Whoopi Goldberg to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, its annual award to celebrate a top American comic. Kudos will be presented Oct. 15 at the center’s Concert Hall.

Goldberg will be the fourth recipient of the award, which is part of a fundraising event that includes lectures, symposia and master classes on comedy. The others were Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters and Carl Reiner. Proceeds from the event are used by the center’s education department to nurture talents of young American humorists.

The award “singles out artists who have chosen and excelled in the difficult field of humor, artists who expose their own souls even as they bare ours, making us laugh in the process,” said Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser. “Whoopi Goldberg represents the epitome of this art in our time, as did Mark Twain in his.”

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more