Fey will be honored during a Nov. 9 ceremony in the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall. A host of artists to be announced at a later date will be part of the evening, which will be taped for future television broadcast.
Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein stated, "Like Mark Twain, Tina Fey offers her brilliance unconditionally. Throughout her career, she's earned legions of fans for her quick, unapologetic wit and social commentary. The Kennedy Center is pleased to celebrate her broad and successful contributions to the world of comedy."
Fey added, "I am truly thrilled to receive this honor. I assume Betty White was disqualified for steroid use."
The Mark Twain Prize, according to press notes, recognizes "people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist and creator of characters, Samuel Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective of social injustice and personal folly. He revealed the great truth of humor when he said 'against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.'"
A "Saturday Night Live" alum, Fey is currently executive producer, creator and star of NBC's three-time, Emmy Award-winning comedy series "30 Rock."
For more information visit kennedy-center.org.