World famous comedian Eddie Murphy received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday.
54-year-old Eddie Murphy has been an American icon in comedy. Now he got honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C. on Sunday. Murphy stepped out with his stunning model girlfriend Paige Butcher (36). They have been together since 2012. Butcher appeared in a sexy red dress to support Murphy at the award event.
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Among the guests were many famous comedians paying tribute to Eddie Murphy including Dave Chappelle, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Brittany Howard, George Lopez, Sam Moore, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Nealon, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo and Chris Rock.
Eddie Murphy's career spans four decades and included multiple $100 million movie from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care. Kids know his voice from the movie Shrek where he plays the Donkey.
Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian nearly 40 years ago. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to establish a successful career on the big screen. His films have been among the highest-grossing comedies in the industry, including 48 Hrs., Trading Places, Dr. Dolittle, Coming to America and the Beverly Hills Cop franchise.
Murphy garnered Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performances in Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places and 48 Hrs. In 1989, Murphy made his directorial debut with Harlem Nights, a period comedy he also wrote and starred in, opposite Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. Murphy recently opened up about his comedy style and why he did not mock Bill Cosby at SNL in an interview. The comedian has though broken is boycott and delivered a hilarious Bill Cosby impression when he accepted the Mark Twain Prize on stage.
The 2015 Mark Twain Prize will be televised on November 23 on PBS, but ShowBiz411 doubts that producers will keep Eddie Murphy's Bill Cosby jokes in the broadcast. Usually everything leaks on Youtube, but so far nobody that attended the Mark Twain Prize award show has shared a video of Eddie Murphy doing Bill Cosby the first time after his rape allegation scandal.
The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is also a fund raising event. All contributions help support the Kennedy Center's year-round educational and artistic initiatives that reach millions of students, educators, and families throughout the nation. Single tickets and sponsorship packages ranging from $500 to $50,000 feature an array of benefits.
2015 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is nearing its 20th anniversary. It was first awarded in 1998 to Richard Pryor. Last year comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno received the Mark Twain Prize.
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See the photos of the 2015 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor event in the gallery.