Will Ferrell will receive the 2011 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, following his former “Saturday Night Live” colleague Tina Fey as a recipient.
The Kennedy Center in Washington announced Thursday (May 12) that it will honor Ferrell with its 14th annual prize. In addition to Fey, past honorees include Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Carl Reiner, “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels, Neil Simon and Whoopi Goldberg.
Like Fey, Ferrell’s career hasn’t spanned as much time as some of the past honorees, but he’s made a huge imprint on comedy since he started on “SNL” in 1995. His George W. Bush impression is one of the best going, and he’s created several indelible movie characters in Ron Burgundy, Frank “The Tank” Ricard, Buddy the elf and Ricky Bobby.
Incidentally, the Twain Prize announcement comes a day before Ferrell’s new movie, “Everything Must Go,” opens in limited release — and it’s a drama. He plays an alcoholic whose wife leaves him and dumps all his possessions on his front lawn, where he sort of takes up residence while simultaneously holding a yard sale.
Ferrell will accept the Mark Twain Prize on Oct. 23. We’re curious to know what you think Ferrell’s funniest role has been to date. Vote in the poll below and sound off in the comments.