Jack Black, Conan O’Brien and Larry King will honor Will Ferrell with the nation’s top humor prize, along with Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon from his “Saturday Night Live” days. On Wednesday, the Kennedy Center in Washington announced a lineup of star comedians who will perform in Ferrell’s honor for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. They’ll salute him Oct. 23 in a performance taped for broadcast Oct. 31 on PBS stations nationwide. Ferrell’s longtime collaborator Adam McKay from the films “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights” and “The Other Guys” will appear, as well as Lorne Michaels, Paul Rudd, John C. Reilly and the rock band Green Day. Ferrell starred on “Saturday Night Live” for seven seasons, perfecting his character, “President George W. Bush.” He went on to create FunnyorDie.com with McKay in 2007 and took his Bush character to Broadway in 2009’s “You’re Welcome America: A final night with George W. Bush.” His other impressions have included Janet Reno, Alex Trebek and Neil Diamond. Ferrell got his start in comedy with the Los Angeles improve group, The Groundlings, when he was discovered by “SNL.” The Mark Twain prize, now in its 14th year, recalls the social commentary and satire of Samuel Clemens, the writer known as Mark Twain. Past winners include Tina Fey, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin. … U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 78 and has battled cancer, was forced to slide down an emergency chute to evacuate a flight at Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, a court spokeswoman said. Ginsburg was on her way from Washington to San Francisco and was not injured, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe Estrada. Airport spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs says three people suffered minor injuries during the evacuation, two of whom refused treatment, and one was taken to a hospital.
MEDAL OF HONOR MARINE Sgt. Dakota Meyer poses for a photo while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Ganjgal Village, Kunar province, Afghanistan. The White House announced the 23-year-old Marine scout sniper from Columbia, Ky., who has since left the Marine Corps, will become the first living Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor in decades for his actions in Afghanistan. Meyer made five trips into the scene of a September 2009 ambush in the Ganjgal Valley, Afghanistan, pulling out wounded soldiers while looking for a group of his Marine friends. He later found their bodies and dodged bullets to pull them out of a ditch.
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