Will Ferrell chosen for Kennedy Center honor

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Comic actor Will Ferrell will be honored at the Kennedy Center with the 14th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, it was announced May 12.

"I am truly honored to receive this distinction," said Ferrell, reported the Los Angeles Times. "I will now begin cultivating a Mark Twain-esque moustache in anticipation of the event,"

Ferrell who started out on the comedic sketch show, Saturday Night Live (1995-2006), was the voice of Megamind last year and also co-starred in The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg. His other films include Elf, Blades of Glory, Anchorman, as well as the FunnyorDie.com humor website.

Last year, this top prize for humorists was presented to Tina Fey, also from SNL and the hit film Date Night. Others who have received the honor included Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, Lily Tomlin, Billy Crystal and more.

The evening's program, which will feature friends and colleagues paying tribute to Ferrell, takes place on October 23 at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and will be taped for broadcast at a later date.