The ceremony will not actually air on PBS until June 21, but the Associated Press noted that Stewart was honored with “testimonials and skits from fellow comedians and previous Mark Twain recipients.
Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter announced Stewart as this year’s recipient in January: “For more than three decades, Jon Stewart has brightened our lives and challenged our minds as he delivers current events and social satire with his trademark wit and wisdom. For me, tuning into his television programs over the years has always been equal parts entertainment and truth,” said Rutter.
Actually, his formula worked out to be more like equal parts anti-conservative hate speech and propaganda.
Stewart recently returned to the political comedy scene with a new show, The Problem with Jon Stewart, which garnered just 40,000 viewers out of 20 million Apple TV subscribers.