Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle attends Jay-Z Performs At Webster Hall - Backstage at Webster Hall in New York City on April 26, 2019. (Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)

Legendary comic Dave Chappelle will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year in a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in northwest D.C.

The annual award honors influencers whose impact on American society is reminiscent of 19th-century novelist and satirist Mark Twain’s.

The D.C.-area native “is an internationally recognized stand-up comedian and actor whose trademark wit and sharp, irreverent social commentary explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics, and fame,” the Kennedy Center said Tuesday in a statement.

Chappelle will join a prestigious group of comedians who have previously received the award, including Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, Carol Burnett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ellen DeGeneres and Richard Pryor, who won the inaugural award in 1998.

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