To me, the Mark Twain Prize has become irrelevant
since they have declined giving it to THE most
Twain-worthy humorists in America today, the
editors/writers of TheOnion.com ...
Instead, they bestow it mostly upon TV
personalities, many of whom wouldn't have been
worthy to light the great Mr. Clemens' cigar, and
they do so because those kind of celebrities
attract a glitterati of Hollywood and TV
personalities, which is apparently what the
Kennedy Center is striving for.
In recent years: Eddie Murphy, Jay Leno, Carol
Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Tina
Fey. Past years included Bob Newhart, Whoopi
Goldberg. Etc etc.
I'm sorry, but there isn't one in that list that
has produced a body of work worthy of a Mark Twain
Seriously ... until they honor The Onion, I will
do my best to ignore the whole shebang.
Your mileage may differ.
Takoma Park, MD
On 11/22/2015 3:41 PM, Tracy Wuster wrote:
> Hi all,
> I find Amy Schumer to be one of the more interesting comedians working
> right now, and her show is quite good as satire. She probably isn't ready
> for the Mark Twain Prize, but Hal is right, ratings are central to that
> enterprise. And wouldn't have Sam Clemens (who was real) been very
> interested in the ratings of enterprises related to Mark Twain (who wasn't
> Speaking of which, the Mark Twain Prize TV Extravaganza for this year airs
> tomorrow. I don't remember any discussion of Eddie Murphy being awarded
> the prize, but I am intrigued to watch.
> On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Hal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> She will probably be awarded the Mark Twain Prize any year now,
>> . And the ratings will be very high, I'm sure. What a strange time to be
>> ve. =20
>> Sent from my iPad
>>> On 2015/11/22, at 13:43, Susan Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> She's an actress and comedienne.
>>> Susan Bailey
>>> Co author
>>> The Twain Shall Meet
>>> Twain Page <https://www.facebook.com/marktwainsgranddaughter>
>>> Greenville, SC
>>> On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 2:32 PM, Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Is she real?