David Let­ter­man get­ting top prize for com­edy

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/Entertainment -

WASH­ING­TON - David Let­ter­man’s job was to make Amer­ica laugh five nights a week, but he also didn’t mind mak­ing his au­di­ence un­com­fort­able. The late-night host’s iras­ci­ble, in­de­pen­dent streak in­spired fierce loy­alty from fans and crit­ics and led to his be­ing hon­oured with the na­tion’s top prize for hu­mour.

Let­ter­man, 70, is this year’s re­cip­i­ent of the Mark Twain Prize for Amer­i­can Hu­mor, the Kennedy Cen­ter an­nounced Tues­day. He is the 20th hu­morist to re­ceive the prize, which be­gan in 1998.

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