On Wednesday (Nov. 15), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that Kevin Hart will become the 25th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor. Previous awardees for the prestigious honor include Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle.
“I’ve been doing comedy since the inception of this award 25 years ago. To be honored in this commemorative year feels surreal,” said the Philadelphia actor, comedian and mogul. “Comedy is my outlet for social commentary and observations on life — I am grateful to the Kennedy Center for recognizing my voice and impact on culture. I can’t wait to celebrate!”
Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter also shared a statement on Hart’s upcoming inclusion. “For over three decades, Kevin Hart has been a source of laughter across America and throughout the world with his iconic characters, inimitable physical comedy and relatable narratives,” she expressed. “An accomplished writer, producer, actor and comedian, he has made lasting contributions to the comedic landscape and represents our celebration of American humor at the Kennedy Center.
Rutter closed, “We express our gratitude to Kevin for enriching American culture and look forward to celebrating his exceptional career.”
As revealed by the Kennedy Center, 11 of Hart’s films debuted at No. 1 at the box office. The Hartbeat chairman also grossed more than $4.23 billion in global revenue. Back in July, he returned to standup with his eighth special, Reality Check, which was streamed exclusively through Peacock. He’s set to star in two films, Lift and Borderlands, in 2024.
Outside of entertainment, Hart continued to make strides in the food industry with his plant-based Hart House chain. As REVOLT previously reported, the restaurant opened its fourth location on the University of Southern California campus. “I founded Hart House to create a good experience that combines the joy of coming together over food with the power of purpose,” a statement from Hart reads on the chain’s official website.
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.
“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.
In this new episode of ‘Bet on Black,’ food and beverage take center stage as aspiring Black entrepreneurs from It’s Seasoned, Black Farmer Box, and Moors Brewing Co. present their business ideas to judges with mentorship from Melissa Butler. Watch here!
REVOLT is continuing its impactful partnership with Walmart by teaming up to showcase Black creatives at HBCUs all-across America. The panel consisted of three experienced, accomplished Black HBCU alumni: Actor and media personality Terrence J, entertainment attorney John T. Rose, and actress and “REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy-Rue McCullough.
The health of a community can often be traced to the health of the environment that surrounds it. In Atlanta, a woman named Dr. Jaqueline Echols has dedicated her life to helping ensure that people in economically underserved communities have clean rivers – for better health and for the joy of outdoor recreational space.
Take a look inside the Makers Studio presented by Walmart at REVOLT WORLD, a space where Black creators could hone in on their brand and see it come to life.
Fly Guy DC taps in with REVOLT WORLD attendees to learn what the Opportunity Center, presented by Walmart, means to them and their futures.
In the season finale of “Bet on Black,” special guest judge Ray J joins as the finalists take the main stage to show they have what it takes to win the $200,000 grand prize; Melissa Butler and Eunique Jones Gibson mentor. Presented by Target.
Walmart supports HBCU students and encourages them to be Black & Unlimited. Fly Guy DC talked to a few at REVOLT WORLD about how being an HBCU student has changed their lives.
In this exclusive interview, DDG opens up about his fashion inspiration, what drew him to girlfriend Halle Bailey, dealing with negative opinions about his relationship, and more. Read up!
Here’s a list of rappers who are named after food. Enjoy — or shall we say, “Bon appetit”?
The artist has remained remarkably consistent in her song lyrics about making money, telling off haters and feeling liberated since her debut.
The next time you’re looking for a caption for your perfectly curated Instagram, there’s a 95 percent chance that Drizzy’s got you!