Posted by: ckckred | October 29, 2011

Did the Kennedy Center Make a Mistake?

Believe me, I like Will Ferrell.  I’ve enjoyed him in countless movies, like Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, and even some of his weaker stints (Land of the Lost and his guest appearance on The Office) can still give off laughs.  So why do I feel that the Kennedy Center should have given the Mark Twain prize to someone else?

Well, Mark Twain is a satirist, the greatest American satirist ever.  He’s one of the most respected authors of all time, and his book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is my favorite novel.  So when someone wins the Mark Twain award, I expect them to give it to a great American satirist.  And other than his immensely funny impression of George Bush, Ferrell isn’t really a satirist.

Okay, Steve Martin and Bill Cosby, two past winners, aren’t really satirists.  But they are legendary American comedians.  Martin has made some of the cleverest movie comedies of the last century, and Bill Cosby really changed the country’s attitude towards African-Americans with the revolutionary The Cosby Show.  I think Ferrell needs to accomplish something that size to need to be awarded.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not happy for him.  As I said before, I’m a Ferrell fan, and I applaud him as one of the best comedians of the last decade.



  1. Very insightful post and I totally agree. But am curious… who do you think should have won the award?

    • I would have liked to see a satirist like Jon Stewart win.

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