Wow. Congratulations to comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, and former host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, who will be receiving a prestigious comedy award, The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, in April.

Whenever I see Jon Stewart making headlines, I smile, and pay extra close attention because he was a local guy. Did you know he spent his childhood in Lawrenceville (Mercer County)? I always love being able to say I went to the same high school as him, Lawrence High School. We weren't there at the same time...darn...he's older than I am. His mother, Marian, was a teacher at Lawrence High School as well.

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is an award for a person in the entertainment industry who made a positive difference in society, similar to the way author, Mark Twain did.

Stewart will receive the award at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on April 24th. This is the first time since 2019 that an actual ceremony will take place. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced the cancellation of the last few ceremonies.

Deborah F. Rutter, The Kennedy Center President, said that Stewart was picked for the award this year because of his, "undaunted advocacy in the often divisive and challenging times." Rutter continued saying, "For more than three decades, Jon Stewart has brightened our lives and challenged our minds as he delivers current events and social sattire with his trademark wit and wisdom. He is most deserving of the this award and I certainly cannot wait to hear the Concert Hall full of laughter on April 24th."

Stewart, who's won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards and 2 Grammy Awards, said he is "truly honored to receive this award."

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