Kevin Hart to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor | ET REALITY

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In his rise to the top of the comedy world, Kevin Hart has done everything from delivering hit specials to selling out a football stadium to starring in blockbusters like “Jumanji.”

On Wednesday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized that versatility and announced that he would award his 25th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Hart at a ceremony on March 24. The center cited his “iconic characters, inimitable physical comedy and relatable narratives,” as well as his achievements as a comedian, actor, writer and producer.

In a statement, Hart, 44, said he had been performing stand-up comedy since at least the award’s inception. “To be honored in this memorial year seems surreal,” she added. “Comedy is my outlet for social commentary and observations on life; I thank the Kennedy Center for recognizing my voice and my impact on culture. I can’t wait to celebrate!

He got his start in Philadelphia at an amateur night at a comedy club and built a career that included major tours such as “Laugh at my pain”(2011), one of several shows that were turned into concert films. That includes his 2015 performance before 53,000 fans at the Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium. In addition to appearing in television series such as “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Modern Family,” he found success on the big screen playing Dwayne Johnson (the “Jumanji” movies, “Central Intelligence”), Ice Cube (the “ Ride Along”) and Mark Wahlberg (“Me Time”).

There have been controversies along the way. Hart was set to host the Oscars in 2019, but backlash over old tweets and jokes that were seen as homophobic led him to pull out, saying, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

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