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Posted: June 19, 2014 at 4:49 a.m.

This May 21, 2014 file photo shows American comedian Jay Leno reacts during an interview with the Associated Press in Jerusalem. Newly retired from The Tonight Show, Leno is now being awarded the nations top humor prize by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Leno will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by his fellow comedians in a performance Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally in November on PBS.

Newly retired from The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation's top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday. Leno will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington.

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