JIMMY KIMMEL   STEVE MARTIN    SARAH SILVERMAN    JOHN MULANEY     BILL MURRAY 
     PAUL SHAFFER     MARTIN SHORT        EDDIE VEDDER       & OTHERS TO BE ANNOUNCED
 CELEBRATE THE HUMOR OF DAVID LETTERMAn,  RECIPIENT OF THE 20TH ANNUAL MARK TWAIN PRIZE                        IN THE KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL - OCTOBER 22, 2017 AT 8PM                                                                      
PROGRAM TO BE BROADCAST NATIONALLY ON PBS NOVEMBER 20TH AT 9 PM 
AS DAVID LETTERMAN: THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE
CALLED THE MOUNT RUSHMORE OF COMEDY BY THE WASHINGTON POST, THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR WAS CREATED IN 1998 BY EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS PETER KAMINSKY, BOB KAMINSKY, MARK KRANTZ, CAPPY MCGARR AND THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. LINDA MENDOZA HAS DIRECTED 15 OUT OF 20 YEARS.
THIS " SALUTE" TO BILL COSBY WENT VIRAL ON YOUTUBE WITH OVER 3 MILLION HITS IN TWO DAYS.
A "HEARTFELT" TRIBUTE TO THE MUSICAL STYLINGS OF ONE OF BILL MURRAY'S MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTERS, MR. NICK WINTERS THE GREAT INTERPRETER OF THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK. WRITTEN BY MR. PAUL SHAFFER AND MR. TOM LEOPOLD.
AMY AS “ ROZ" CAROL'S LONG SUFFERING ASSISTANT IN THIS SKETCH THAT AMY WROTE FOR MS. BURNETT. 
JERRY HAS A LITTLE FUN AT THE EXPENSE OF THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE IN THIS TRIBUTE TO HIS GOOD FRIEND JAY LENO.
A LIVE VERSION OF A SHORT VIDEO ORIGINALLY FROM “30 ROCK” COMPLETE WITH DANCERS AND A GREAT “ SHOWBIZ” PERFORMANCE BY JANE. WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY JEFF RICHMOND. 
ROBERT RISKO HAS CREATED THE CARICATURES FOR THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE SINCE 2002 AND HIS DRAWINGS PROVIDE THE BASIS FOR OUR MAIN TITLES.
ROBERT RISKO BEGAN HIS CAREER BY FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS MENTOR ANDY WARHOL AND MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY FROM PITTSBURGH. HE STARTED DRAWING ICONIC CELEBRITY PORTRAITS IN HIS INIMITABLE GRAPHIC STYLE FOR WARHOL'S TRENDY DOWNTOWN INTERVIEW MAGAZINE.  RISKO RECALLS, "NEW YORK WAS A PETRIE DISH OF CREATIVITY BACK THEN WITH PEOPLE LIKE MAPPLETHORPE AND MADONNA PUSHING THE ENVELOPE. IT WAS AN AMAZING TIME TO BE STARTING OUT THEN."
ROBERT RISKO A.K.A. RISKO, IS TODAY'S MOST CELEBRATED CARICATURIST. HIS STYLE EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF THE 1930S VANITY FAIR CARICATURISTS MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS AND PAOLO GARRETTO THE LATTER OF WHICH HE CORRESPONDED WITH UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1989.
AT 25 HE WAS CHOSEN BY RENOWNED ART DIRECTOR BEA FEITLER ALONG WITH ROLLING STONE PHOTOGRAPHER ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AND ARTIST KEITH HARING TO DEFINE THE LOOK OF THE NEW VANITY FAIR WHEN THE MAGAZINE WAS RELAUNCHED IN 1983. HE HAS BEEN A CONTRIBUTOR EVER SINCE. 
RISKO’S WORK IS PUBLISHED REGULARLY IN MOST MAJOR MAGAZINES INCLUDING THE NEW YORKERROLLING STONEPLAYBOYVANITY FAIRESQUIRE, AND INTERVIEW.  HIS LATEST BOOK IS VANITY FAIR’S PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE: 101 LUMINARIES PONDER LOVE, DEATH, HAPPINESS, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE (RODALE). 
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