Adam Sandler will receive the 2023 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Previous recipients include Billy Crystal, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy and Bill Murray.
“Adam Sandler has entertained audiences for over three decades with his films, music, and his tenure as a fan favorite cast member on SNL,” Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said.
“Adam has created characters that have made us laugh, cry, and cry from laughing. I am looking forward to a laughter-filled evening like no other as we celebrate his career at a ceremony that is sure to bring together the best in comedy.”
Under the direction of executive producer David Jammy, Jennifer Anniston, Ben Stiller, Idina Menzel, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock, and David Spade will celebrate Sandler at the ceremony. Drew Barrymore, Steve Buscemi, Dana Carvey, Luis Guzmán and Tim Herlihy will also be in attendance.
The comedian and actor will participate in a ceremony at Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. on March 19, 2023. Exactly one week later, the taped recording will air on CNN at 8 p.m. EST.