Jay Leno to receive top American humour honour

Los Angeles: Comedian Jay Leno has been tapped by the Kennedy Center to receive this year`s Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.

The award will be presented on October 19 at a Kennedy Center ceremony.

The comedy award, in its 17th year, will again feature a format of video clips embellished with light roasting from a parade of comics and other celebs at the concert Hall.

The talent lineup will be announced later.

"Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime`s worth of humorous commentary on American daily life," said Kennedy Center chairman David M Rubenstein.

"For both men, no one was too high or too low to escape their wit, and we are all the better for it," Center added.

Leno, 64, ended his 22-year run as host of `The Tonight Show` in February. He remains one of the most active standup comedians, playing some 300-plus dates per year.