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Jay Leno coming to the Kennedy Center in October to accept Mark Twain Prize

A name very familiar to late-night television viewers will get top billing at the Kennedy Center this fall, as Jay Leno, the longtime host of "The Tonight Show," takes the stage to accept the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Jay Leno: Back to take center stage, this time at the Kennedy Center. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)

The Kennedy Center show, which serves as a fundraising event to support the organization's educational and artistic initiatives, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 19, and will be broadcast on PBS stations on Nov. 23. Tickets for the event will go on sale to Kennedy Center members on July 28; everyone else will be able to purchase tickets starting Aug. 6.

The Kennedy Center has not yet announced prices, nor have they finalized the lineup of friends and funny people to pay tribute to Leno; a spokesman said they expect to have names to announce "in a few months." (Dare we hope for David Letterman, a 2012 Kennedy Center honoree?) Last year, when Carol Burnett received the award, speakers and performers included Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph.

And back in 2011, award-winner Will Ferrell stole the show from potentially funny presenters Matthew Broderick, Paul Rudd and Ben Stiller with his hilarious acceptance speech. No pressure, Jay.

More from The Post:

- Jay Leno to get 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

- Jay Leno living it up post-’Tonight Show’ with fancy cars, protests

John Taylor is an editor for Weekend and the Going Out Guide.



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