Seinfeld to honour Cosby

WASHINGTON: Jerry Seinfeld will honour fellow comedian Bill Cosby with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in October. Chris Rock and some of Cosby’s co-stars from his 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and others will join Seinfeld.

The centre announced the line-up on August 20 and said the sold-out event in Washington on October 26 would be broadcast in the US in November.

Cosby, 72, already received the Kennedy Centre Honours in 1998 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. The tribute will reflect Cosby’s diverse musical tastes, with performances by jazz artist Wynton Marsalis, country singer Willie Nelson and orchestra conductor James DePreist. Cosby is the 12th honouree to receive the Twain prize. Past recipients include Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg and most recently George Carlin.