Published On: Oct 21 2013 11:11:16 AM CDTUpdated On: Oct 19 2015 09:53:00 AM CDT
On Sunday night, Eddie Murphy became the latest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, an award given by The Kennedy Center to Americans whose impact on society is reminiscent of essayist and satirist Mark Twain. Take a look at all the previous winners.
2014: Jay Leno, comedian and talk show host best known for hosting "The Tonight Show" for more than 20 years
2013: Carol Burnett, actress best known for "The Carol Burnett Show" and best-selling author
2012: Ellen DeGeneres, stand-up comedian, actress and host of daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
2011: Will Ferrell, actor best known for his seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live" and for movies including "Anchorman"
2010: Tina Fey, best known as an actress and executive producer on TV show "30 Rock" and as a cast member and head writer for "Saturday Night Live" for nine seasons
2009: Bill Cosby, actor and comedian best known for "The Cosby Show"
2008: George Carlin, stand-up comedian, actor and author known for comedy routines including "Seven Dirty Words"
2007: Billy Crystal, actor and comedian known for his several stints as host of the Academy Awards and roles in movies including "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally"
2006: Neil Simon, playwright and screenwriter known for plays including "The Odd Couple" and "Lost in Yonkers" and movies including "The Out-of-Towners"
2005: Steve Martin, actor, comedian, playwright and banjo player known for movies including "The Jerk" and "Planes, Trains & Automobiles"
2004: Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of "Saturday Night Live"
2003: Lily Tomlin, comedian and actress best known for roles on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" and in movies including "Nashville," "Nine to Five" and "I Heart Huckabees"
2002: Bob Newhart, actor and comedian best known for TV shows "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart"
2001: Whoopi Goldberg, comedian, actress and activist known for her roles in films including "Ghost" and "The Color Purple"
2000: Carl Reiner (left, with son Rob Reiner), author, actor, writer and director known for his work on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and movies including "Oh, God!" and "The Jerk"
1999: Jonathan Winters, actor and comedian known for roles on television shows including "The Steve Allen Show," "Mork and Mindy" and "Hee Haw" and in movies including "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
1998: Richard Pryor, stand-up comedian and actor who is best known for recordings of his many stand-up shows and concerts, where he frequently commented on racial issues