May 27, 2017

Will Ferrell receiving Mark Twain comedy award in D.C.

By Sean O’Connell Even if Will Ferrell’s guest spot on NBC’s “The Office” doesn’t turn into a long-term gig, we’re pretty sure this funny man has a future.

We’re joking, of course. Ferrell remains one of the biggest names in comedy, and has been riding a steady stream of successes since departing “Saturday Night Live” for a feature-film career. And for his achievements, Ferrell just learned that he’ll become the next recipient of the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Ferrell will be honored Oct. 23 with a lineup of comedy performances. According to a statement, Ferrell revealed that he has begun growing a “Mark Twain-esque mustache” for the ceremony.

He finds himself in very good company, joining past recipients Bill Cosby, Steve Martin and last year’s winner (and former “SNL” vet) Tina Fey.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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