January 17, 2019

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize

Photo provided by HBO

Next month, Julia Louis-Dreyfus will add one more accolade to a list of honors that includes the 11 Emmys and a Golden Globe she won for “Veep” and “Seinfeld.” The actress will receive the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 21.

Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Tony Hale, Abbi Jacobson and Keegan-Michael Key will be on hand for the ceremony, which PBS will broadcast on Nov. 19.

“Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying,” Louis-Dreyfus joked.

“Veep” is scheduled to return to HBO for its seventh and final season in spring 2019. Louis-Dreyfus, who underwent surgery for breast cancer last year, posted a photo of herself on social media in February celebrating her return to health, captioning it, “Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery.”