Jerry Seinfeld on Julia Louis-Dreyfus & 'Seinfeld' | 2018 Mark Twain Prize

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Jerry Seinfeld on Julia Louis-Dreyfus & 'Seinfeld' | 2018 Mark Twain Prize 5

Jerry Seinfeld honors Julia Louis-Dreyfus during the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at The Kennedy Center. An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathered in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Julia Louis-Dreyfus, recipient of the 21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 21, 2018. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world's greatest humorists, was presented at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy. The event was taped by WETA Washington, D.C. and aired nationally on PBS on November 19, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Capital One is the Presenting Sponsor of Comedy at the Kennedy Center.

Under the direction of the creative team from Done + Dusted, the Kennedy Center’s new producing partner for the Twain Prize, the cast features many of Louis-Dreyfus’s admirers, friends, and collaborators, including Stephen Colbert, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Ilana Glazer, Tony Hale, Abbi Jacobson, Jack Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series "Seinfeld," and as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine." She currently stars in, and executive produces, the HBO series "Veep," which will soon begin its seventh season.

Between all shows combined, she has received eleven Emmy awards (six consecutively for "Veep") with twenty-four nominations, a Golden Globe award, nine Screen Actors Guild awards which makes her the most decorated actor in the history of the SAG awards, three Television Critics Association awards, five American Comedy Awards, a Peabody Award, and the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. She has broken the record for the most Emmy's won by a single performer, as well as the most consecutive wins for a single role ("Veep").

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💬 Comments on the video

As a geologist, I can tell you bauxite is not found in the desert.

Author — Robert Hess


What a classy and kind way to show respect to Julia. I like how he made it about her, as he should have on her special night.

Author — GaryEdge88


This may be the best performance by Jerry that I have ever seen. He has honoured Julia with a speech that was fluid, warm and clearly demonstrates the depth of his fondness for her. He is genuinely full of joy and pride at Julia's success. This is in Stark contrast to the cynical, jaded, (still very funny) character Jerry - and the other three - presented in the show. Perhaps he can act, just a little, after all.

Author — Frank Barbaro


yada yada. Elaine: "We went to my yada yada, I never heard from him again." Jerry: " But, you yada yada-ed over the best part." Elaine: "No, I mentioned the bisque."

Author — gnagh


it's funny that he admits he didn't really act because he actually didn't and mostly played himself. kramer and george were the greatest but elaine was also spot on!

Author — p1t


GET OUT! *shoves violently* - Elaine

Author — Mar10


Jerry Seinfeld may have been the star; Michael Richards and Jason Alexander may have been the anchors, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus was the link that made the chain work. If she wasn't on that show I don't think it would've lasted 9 years. Greatest TV ensemble ever!

Author — iflyTony


Julia Louis-Dreyfus has one of the most wholesome smiles in the world. Congratulations Julia. I loved Seinfeld and Veep.

Author — Ravi Teja


Shes so cute, i love her
She reminds me of my mom💕

Author — lola cruz


This was such a lovely homage! You can tell how much Jerry respects Julia and viceversa.

Author — Iris Pereyra


Letter perfect. THAT is a class act. No roasting, no easy edgy punches. Just honest, smart, funny and warm. Love it.

Author — happylilsunbeam


Julia just continues to be as beautiful as ever.

Author — stregadisalem


Great job, he managed to be real funny and even more sweet at the same time.

Author — Juan


Hard not to think of Julia Dreyfus for too long and not imagine her "dancing".

Author — Trevor Miles


This is gold Jerry! Gold! - Joking aside, such a endearing and sweet funny speech from a really good friend. Just beautiful.

Author — Robert Tauzer


One of his best speeches, if not the best. It was short, funny and well crafted.

Author — Michael Selim


People that say Seinfeld was about ''nothing'' are dumb as bricks. It was about the small things, about how fixated people can get about the stupidest things, which resulted in hilarious situations that where played up as much as they could. That's not nothing.

Author — Lastname Firstname


Incredible commentary and a bit of stand up, Jerry is a genius

Author — Ray Cologne


30 years and still one of the best sitcoms to date

Author — greyfox37


What a beautiful speech from Jerry Seinfeld!

Author — Nelly