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Comedian Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday, October 26, 2009, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Cosby, known for his clean acts that do not include profanity, refused to accept the award twice in the past because he was turned off by language used at the first Mark Twain Prize ceremony in 1998 honoring the late comedian Richard Pryor.

Comedian Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday, October 26, 2009, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Cosby, known for his clean acts that do not include profanity, refused to accept the award twice in the past because he was turned off by language used at the first Mark Twain Prize ceremony in 1998 honoring the late comedian Richard Pryor.

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