Com­edy prize win­ner Mur­ray hon­oured

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

US CO­ME­DIAN Bill Mur­ray ( right) is on cloud nine, and it’s not just be­cause his beloved home­town base­ball team, the Chicago Cubs, are ad­vanc­ing to the World Se­ries for the first time in 71 years.

The Cad­dyshack and Lost in Trans­la­tion star got a ma­jor salute re­cently from Amer­ica’s top co­me­di­ans and Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters, who pre­sented him with one of the na­tion’s top com­edy awards.

“I’m con­fused and I feel like I’m in a hur­ri­cane,” Mur­ray told a crowd in Wash­ing­ton af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Mark Twain Prize for Amer­i­can Hu­mour – quickly goad­ing the au­di­ence to pass around his tro­phy, a small bust of the 19th cen­tury writer and hu­morist, to “see how far back it can get”.

The 66-year-old was feted at the John F. Kennedy Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in Wash­ing­ton by com­edy’s finest – Aziz An­sari, Bill Hader, a fully bearded David Let­ter­man and Jimmy Kim­mel.

They turned out to share anec­dotes and jokes about the US co­me­dian, whose ap­peal spans mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions.

“He’s a man who trav­els around the world spread­ing joy and fool­ish­ness wher­ever he goes,” Kim­mel told the au­di­ence.

“Bill Mur­ray could shove you over the side of the Hoover Dam and you’d be like, ‘Hey, Bill Mur­ray!’ all the way down,” Kim­mel said of the co­me­dian.

Mur­ray is known for his no­to­ri­ously bizarre an­tics, such as crash­ing a recre­ational kick­ball game in New York in 2012 or join­ing a cou­ple as an un­in­vited sur­prise guest in their en­gage­ment pho­tos in South Carolina.

Singer Mi­ley Cyrus paired with mu­si­cian Paul Shaf­fer to per­form a mu­si­cal trib­ute to Mur­ray, and ac­tresses Sigour­ney Weaver and Emma Stone re­counted their favourite mem­o­ries from work­ing on set with Mur­ray.

Mur­ray first rose to fame in 1977 on the cast of Satur­day Night Live (SNL), play­ing smarmy crooner “Nick the lounge singer,” be­fore land­ing his first ma­jor big screen role in the 1979 hit Meat­balls.

By 1980, Mur­ray had quit SNL and over the next two decades be­came one of Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest comedic stars through such roles as an obliv­i­ous groundskeeper in Cad­dyshack (1980), a su­per­nat­u­ral in­ves­ti­ga­tor in Ghost­busters (1984) and a doomed weath­er­man in Ground­hog Day (1993).

In re­cent years, Mur­ray’s roles have taken a more se­ri­ous turn, in­clud­ing in a hand­ful of Wes An­der­son films such as Rush­more (1998) and his Os­car-nom­i­nated per­for­mance as a worn-out movie star in Sofia Cop­pola’s Lost in Trans­la­tion (2003).

Former re­cip­i­ents of the Mark Twain Prize in­clude Whoopi Gold­berg, Tina Fey, Jay Leno and last year’s win­ner Ed­die Mur­phy. – AFPRe­laxnews

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