Julia Louis-Dreyfus Acceptance Speech | 2018 Mark Twain Prize

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Acceptance Speech | 2018 Mark Twain Prize

An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathered in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Julia Louis-Dreyfus, recipient of the 21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 21, 2018. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, was presented at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy. The event was taped by WETA Washington, D.C. and aired nationally on PBS on November 19, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Capital One is the Presenting Sponsor of Comedy at the Kennedy Center.

Under the direction of the creative team from Done + Dusted, the Kennedy Center’s new producing partner for the Twain Prize, the cast features many of Louis-Dreyfus’s admirers, friends, and collaborators, including Stephen Colbert, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Ilana Glazer, Tony Hale, Abbi Jacobson, Jack Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series “Seinfeld,” and as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” She currently stars in, and executive produces, the HBO series “Veep,” which will soon begin its seventh season.

Between all shows combined, she has received eleven Emmy awards (six consecutively for “Veep”) with twenty-four nominations, a Golden Globe award, nine Screen Actors Guild awards which makes her the most decorated actor in the history of the SAG awards, three Television Critics Association awards, five American Comedy Awards, a Peabody Award, and the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. She has broken the record for the most Emmy’s won by a single performer, as well as the most consecutive wins for a single role (“Veep”).

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  1. This is so adorable I love all actors and actresses in Seinfeld I love them so much I love all of you!!!!!!!!!!

  2. The Rule of Law thing must be referring to the Criminal Empire know as the Clinton Foundation and the Deep State.

  3. This is the best acceptance ever. Oscar, Emmy, Grammy baseball or football hall of fame. This is just amazing. Julia is just so effortlessly hilarious. It must have been a laugh riot at her home while rehearsing this. Love you so much Julia. So glad you are well

  4. I've never watched Seinfeld but know her from watching VEEP. I am completely in awe of her seeing her play Selena in VEEP. Her cancer diagnosis hit me like it happened to someone from my family and I prayed to God (even though I'm an atheist) that she be cured and be free of it. How hilarious was she on that stage! A very rare and unique actress, here's hoping more successes and happiness for her in life.

  5. No problem. My kids and I voted to give her comment to be sure she is voted again. Thanks@

  6. Yeah, Im not sure when she was issued media or pageants either. I do love her work more. Thanks!

  7. Makes u wonder…did Larry and Jerry write this acceptance speech?? Lol brilliant

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