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Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Winners List

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This is a list of Mark Twain Prize for American Humor winners from every year the award has been given out. All Mark Twain Prize for American Humor winners are listed below in order of when they recieved the honor. People who won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor award are listed along with with their acceptance speeches if available for every Mark Twain Prize for American Humor winner that has a video of their speech associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor award recipients to get more information about each honored recipient.

This list includes the most memorable and well-known Mark Twain Prize for American Humor winners of all time. Anybody who won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor usually has a picture associated with their name, so if their acceptance speech is not available, such as when George Carlin was honored poshumously, for 2008 a picture of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor-winning people is listed here with photos instead. This list spans the history of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor since it first honored Richard Pryor in 1998, so all of the famous Mark Twain Prize for American Humor winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites.

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  • Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Winners List
    Photo: Evan Hurd Photography / Getty Images

    Presented for: 1998

    Those who were there to honor Pryor included: Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Gene Wilder, Chevy Chase, Tim Allen, Danny Glover, Damon Wayans, Kris Kristofferson, and Dick Gregory.

    • Honored For: That Nigger's Crazy, Blazing Saddles, Lily, Rev. Du Rite, Bicentennial Nigger

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  • Jonathan Winters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Winners List
    Video: YouTube

    Presented for: 1999

    Those who were there to honor Winters included: Steve Allen, Sid Caesar, Robin Williams, Eugene Levy, Bonnie Hunt, Michael McKean and Robert Wuhl.

    • Honored For: Davis Rules, Crank(y) Calls

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  • Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Winners List
    Video: YouTube

    Presented for: 2000

    Those who were there to honor Reiner included: Mel Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Steve Martin, Rob Reiner, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Joy Behar, and George Wallace

    • Honored For: The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000, Caesar's Hour, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mad About You

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  • Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Winners List
    Video: YouTube

    Presented for: 2001, the first female recipient of the reward.

    Those who were there to honor Goldberg included: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Wanda Sykes, Cedric the Entertainer, Chris Tucker, Alan King, and Harry Belafonte

    • Honored For: Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel, Corrina, Corrina, The Color Purple, Thoroughly Modern Millie

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