We think it’s safe to say that Bill Murray is a national treasure. Not only is he beloved for his comedic work in both television (Saturday Night Live) and film (Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and every Wes Anderson movie to name really only a few), but he’s also at this point somewhat of a folk hero. You just never quite know where he’s going to pop up, whether it’s at the ballpark in Atlanta watching his beloved Cubs play (and dropping some hilarious quotes in the broadcast booth), at a golf course with Jordan Spieth, or just you know, at a random kickball game in New York. Part of the charm of Bill Murray is that you truly never know what he’ll do next.
Well, we do know one thing for sure. On October 23, Bill Murray will be presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Bill’s statement on receiving the honor is exactly what you might expect from him and perfectly embodies why he’s a worthy recipient: “I’m honored by this award and by its timing. I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.”
On why Bill Murray was chosen, Kennedy Center president Debora F. Rutter said in a statement:
Since his first performances on ‘Saturday Night Live’ more than three decades ago [Murray] has charmed us with unforgettable performances from an eclectic cast of characters. His brilliant wit and infectious spirit continue to inspire our laughter across generations both on and off the screen. His unique brand of humor seems to defy time itself — always remaining relevant and relatable to new audiences — much like our award’s namesake.
We couldn’t agree more.