Eddie Murphy to receive Kennedy Centerโ€™s 2015 Mark Twain Prize

Eddie Murphy will receive the Kennedy Centerโ€™s 2015 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Murphy will be honored with the 18th annual prize at a gala performance Oct. 18 featuring as yet unnamed comedians. The program will be televised nationally.

Murphy, 54, was a teenager when he helped reinvigorate โ€œSaturday Night Liveโ€ with his impressions of James Brown and Michael Jackson and such characters as Little Richard Simmons โ€” a composite of the singer and the fitness guru โ€” and Mr. Robinson of โ€œMister Robinsonโ€™s Neighborhood.โ€ . . .