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Bill Murray receives Mark Twain Prize

AAP logoAAP 24/10/2016

US actor Bill Murray has been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour at a gala in which he demonstrated his sense of irreverence and cast doubts on the "respect" that earned him to the award.

"I don't think it will get me any more respect around the house," said Murray, the star of hit films such as Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.

Sunday's ceremony was held at the Kennedy Centre in the US capital and was attended by other comedians including David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. Murray, 66, follows last year's winner, Eddie Murphy.

In brief remarks to the Washington Post, Murray joked that he had tried to dodge the prize and decided "not to answer the phone for awhile" to see if "they'll move on to someone else".

"But all these people called from everywhere," he said.

The prize was first awarded in 1998 and recognises US comedians who influence society in the tradition of Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, the writer, satirist and social commentator during the 19th and early 20th century.

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