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The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Jay Leno

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was created in 1998 by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mark Krantz, Peter Kaminsky, Bob Kaminsky and Cappy McGarr to recognize the art of humorists who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. Each year, the Mark Twain Prize is awarded to a different comedian. The 2014 Mark Twain Prize recipient is Jay Leno and the evening pays tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the comedy icon. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the special features a star-studded cast of Leno’s friends and colleagues including top entertainers and comedians, Garth Brooks, Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Robert Klein, Al Madrigal, Seth Myers, Jerry Seinfeld, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes and special appearances by Jamie Foxx and Betty White.

Jay Leno first appeared as a guest host on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in 1977, became the exclusive guest host in 1987, and became main host in 1992. Leno has also gained an international following on the internet with his new creation, Jaylenosgarage.com, winning an Emmy Award and two additional nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs. Along with a variety of books, voice-overs, and charitable work, Leno is known as a fantastic comedian and television personality.

Tune into WETA TV26 & HD Sunday November 23 at 8pm for The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor 2014: Jay Leno.
After the awards program, stay tuned for Richard Pryor: Icon at 9:30pm.
 

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WETA Around Town Events: June 14 - 16

This weekend celebrate tradition, history, the world, and Father's Day! Check out our highlighted events for this weekend in the DC area!
 
The Caribbean is most commonly known for its warm beaches and palm trees but another important part of the culture is its long history of folklore. Caribbean folk tales feature a wide range of characters and myths, but none are as popular as Anancy, a clever trickster in the form of a spider. Anancy has become a popular character all around the world, and has made appearances in the television show Sesame Street and the Justice League comic books. The Anancy Festival celebrates the Caribbean hero with story presentations, competitions, and games. There are storybooks for sale so you can pass on these tales yourself. 
Saturday June 15, 10am
Cost: Free
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G St, NW Washington, DC  
 
If you’re craving critically acclaimed cinema, excellent food, and thought-provoking discourse on social and environmental issues, check out the Reel Water Film Festival for a day of education and entertainment! The festival was founded last year with the mission of educating its attendees on water-related issues on a local and global scale. This year, the festival is in the recently renovated Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club and includes an afternoon of short films dealing with a range of relevant water topics. Stick around in the evening for a buffet dinner and a screening of the celebrated documentary Chasing Ice. At least half of the festival’s proceeds go to charitable organizations dedicated to global water causes (the remainder goes to funding next year’s festival). 
Saturday June 15, 1-10pm
Cost: $10 for short films/$12 for Chasing Ice/$45 for Chasing Ice and dinner/$55 all-day movie and dinner pass 
Buy tickets in advance.
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club  7719 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, Maryland
 
Celebrate this Father’s Day with music and laughter! Newmyer Flyer's “Like Your Dad Did” at the Hamilton Live showcases Washington, DC area fathers performing with their children: Musicians playing together to appreciate the bond of family. Musicians include: Bill & Owen Danoff, Randy & Colin Thompson, Mike & Georgia Cotter, Jon & Ben Carroll, The Starks Famdamily, Todd & Ryan Wright, Cal & Cory Everett, Ron & Ryan Newmyer, Randy & Nate Ihara, Chuck & Michael Sullivan, Lea & John Morris, Bill Craig & Taylor Hitaffer. In addition to fatherhood related music, DC comedians Robert Mac and Big Al Goodwin poke fun at all things fatherly!
Sunday June 16, 7:30pm-10pm
Cost: $20
The Hamilton Live  600 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
 
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This Week on WETA UK | April 22 – 28

Begin new seasons and new series on WETA UK this week! Introducing Lead Balloon to the Washington, DC area, WETA UK is full of surprises this week. Read on for more highlights and trailers, plus, don’t forget to mark your calendars!

Monday at 8:00pm tune in for the Foyle’s War season 2 kick-off! In the first part of the mystery titled, Fifty Ships, an American multi-millionaire, Foyle’s old love interest, and a mysterious Dutch refugee, are all implicated when a dead body is discovered on a beach. Sam looks for a new residence after her home is destroyed in a bombing raid. Foyle investigates a looting case when coins disappear from Sam’s ruined home.

Tuesday at 9:00pm get ready for season 2 of Rumpole of the Bailey. In this first episode of season 2, Rumpole and the Man of God, Rumpole defends a vicar who is charged with theft, but trouble arises when the distressed clergyman refuses to take the stand in his own defense. George Frobisher, the next Circuit Judge, joins the Rumpoles for dinner and introduces his new girlfriend who Rumpole remembers seeing in court.

Tuesday at 10:00pm start season 6 of MI-5 a.k.a Spooks. The award-winning, edge-of-your-seat spy drama is back with another white-knuckle ride through the perilous world of deadly terrorists, international cover-ups and treacherous double-agents.

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse takes on The Day of the Devil. In this mystery, a serial rapist and Satanist named John Barrie escapes from a mental hospital and demands that his therapist be turned over to him. A master of disguise, Barrie sets up an elaborate and deadly battle of wits with Morse. Part 2 airs next Wednesday at 8:00pm

Thursday at 7:30pm say hello to Keeping Up Appearances season 2! When it comes to snobbery, Hyacinth Bucket is in a class of her own. Award-winning actress Patricia Routledge plays the comic monster in a role which viewers have taken to their hearts. In season 2, Daddy goes missing again, Hyacinth drags Richard off for a weekend of golf at an executive golf club, in spite of the fact that he doesn't like the game, and, determined that the neighbors should see the van delivering her classy new three-piece suite, Hyacinth has parking cones placed outside the house, along with a special notice warning of an immediate delivery.

Friday beginning at 6:00pm begin all new seasons on WETA UK. First at 6:00pm, watch Waiting for God from the very first episode. Then at 8:30pm watch Rosemary & Thyme take on Memory of Water in the first episode of season 2. At 9:30pm get your full dose of laughs with Outnumbered season 4 episode 1, and kick off season 3 of Men Behaving Badly at 10:30. We’re not done just yet! At 11:30pm tune in for the British classic Allo, Allo as we begin season 4.

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm conclude season two of the WETA UK Event: The Complete Vera. Stay tuned to the Programmer’s Choice blog because we have a brand new WETA UK Event next Saturday!

Sunday at 9:00pm we’re proud to announce the WETA UK premiere of Lead Balloon! Written by and starring Jack Dee, one of the UK’s most successful stand-up comedians, you’re invited to enter the world of Rick Spleen… Rick Spleen is a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer whose career has not gone the way he had planned. Worse still, he’s stuck with a lousy stage name that he chose 20 years ago. Rick combines a mass of neuroses and petty grievances with a terrible propensity for lying which is not a recipe for success. Along for the ride is his quick-talking American co-writer Marty, his unflappable partner Mel, and his incompetent daughter Sam. Join us this Sunday and every week for this brand new, modern British comedy, Lead Balloon!

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An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

 

Born in 1926, Jerry Lewis is one of America’s most iconic slapstick comedians. He rose to fame with partner Dean Martin with the Martin and Lewis comedy act, which first appeared on television in 1948. In the 1950s, he embarked on a solo career and starred in films such as The Ladies Man, The Nutty Professor, and It’s Only Money. More recently, Lewis has performed on Broadway and been awarded for his humanitarian acts, always known as being a key member of the comedic community.

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An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

This Saturday, comedian Jerry Lewis takes to the stage of the Showroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, as he tells stories of his eight-decade career in a tribute to his 87th birthday. The performance will feature narrative and musical acts by Lewis, as well as footage from his career, both classics and never before seen. At the end of the evening, Lewis will take questions from fans in the audience. Join us for this monumental presentation with Jerry Lewis, this Saturday at 6:30pm.

Watch An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas on Saturday March 2 at 6:30pm. Also airs March 7 at 8:00pm, March 8 at 1:00pm and March 15 at 10:30pm.

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Watch Mark Twain Prize honoring Ellen DeGeneres | Mark Twain: Ellen DeGeneres

Watch again Friday November 9 at 10:00pm & Monday November 12 at 10:00pm!

You’re invited! Join the celebration and prepare to laugh the night away as comedian Ellen DeGeneres is honored with the 2012 Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center right here in Washington, DC.  Begun in 1998, The Mark Twain Prize annually recognizes comedians who had had an impact on society in ways comparable to Mark Twain, the 19th century writer. The 90-minute special will pay tribute to her success not only as a comedian, but recognize her myriad of accomplishments as a pioneer in the television and entertainment business, as well as her humanitarian achievements. From taking a stand against bullying, to supporting residents of her hometown- New Orleans- affected by Hurricane Katrina, helping others and standing up for what is right is just as important to DeGeneres as making audiences laugh. Further, DeGeneres has paved the way for others and broke ground after both she and her character on the hit television series Ellen came out as a lesbian.

With big dreams and a lot of talent, DeGeneres began her career as an emcee (not before attempting a very varied assortment of other careers) at a local comedy club in New Orleans. She was soon discovered, and was well on her way to the top. Television shows, comedic appearances, and talk shows would follow (not to mention an array of philanthropic causes).

With her signature dance moves, genuine kindness, and hilarious antics, Ellen has grooved her way into the homes and hearts of the world. In what is sure to be a star-studded evening, fellow comedians, actors, and personalities will show their praise for the woman who has become a comedic and popular culture icon. Presenters include Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, John Leguizamo, Jane Lynch, Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin and Loudon Wainwright III.

Join the celebration and watch the MARK TWAIN PRIZE: Ellen DeGeneres Tuesday, October 30 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.