The award is presented to artists who have made a significant contribution to the world of American comedy.
Taking a jab at Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s comment that he’d cut funding to PBS, DeGeneres joked, “Thanks to everyone at PBS. I’m so glad to be part of your farewell season. This is wonderful.”
Celebrity peers in attendance included Jane Lynch and Sean Hayes, who both applauded her for coming out of the closet 15 years ago, and Jimmy Kimmel, who quipped, “Thanks to Ellen, vests aren’t just for magicians anymore.”
“Ellen DeGeneres: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize” will air Tuesday, October 30, on PBS.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday, surrounded by esteemed colleagues at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.