Newswire: Eddie Murphy to receive the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

Francis Ford Coppola, a brilliant and mercurial director responsible for some of the greatest American films of all time, spent the ’70s crafting a string of unimpeachably great films. He then made wine and stuff for a couple of decades, and in 2011 received an honorary Academy Award, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award—bestowed upon those whose “bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” Perhaps this honor was on the minds of the people who decided this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor, as the Associated Press reports that Eddie Murphy will receive 2015’s top prize for humor from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Murphy will receive the award during a ceremony October 18 at the Kennedy Center, which will be broadcast nationally, as it has been since its inception in 1998. Past honorees include such …

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