WASHINGTON (June 18, 2014) Jay Leno will be awarded the nation's top humor prize this fall by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Leno will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 19 in Washington.
PBS will broadcast the show in November.
Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein says Leno followed in the tradition of Twain and has offered a lifetime's worth of humorous commentary on American life.
In a statement, Leno says he's a big fan of Twain's.
He said "A Tale of Two Cities" is one of his favorite books, although the latter novel was written by Charles Dickens.
Since leaving NBC, Leno has gained an international following online with his new creation, JayLenosGarage.com.