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Want to hear something funny? Guess who chooses the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: A couple of investment bankers, that’s who!
In fairness, comedy is hard to quantify, and a lot of bean-counting is required to put together the annual Kennedy Center awards show, reports our colleague Paul Farhi: It involves ratings, corporate sponsors, ticket sales, famous friends, available TV or film clips (Garrison Keillor facing long odds here) — and a willingness to show up. That’s some complicated math right there! Now do you understand how youngsters like Tina Fey and Will Ferrell got picked? This year’s recipient is widely-beloved Carol Burnett, reports our colleague Katherine Boyle. Read more of Farhi’s reporting on how she got picked: How Kennedy Center chooses Twain Prize winners.
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