Washington: Comedian Jay Leno has been awarded with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.
Leno, 64, was feted in a ceremony which took place at the Kennedy Center in Washington. He joins previous honorees which include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell and Bill Cosby, reportedly.
Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes were among stars who shared some words about the comedian. "He showed me the way of what I wanted to be - to let your inner crankiness out. That can make good comedy. Entertaining complaining is a lot of what stand-up comedy is about," Seinfeld said on the red carpet.
Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks, Seth Meyers, JB Smoove, Kristin Chenoweth and Ross Mathews were also among the audience. "Jay showed everybody how important the monologue is," Meyers said of the former host of 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'.