The comedian, talk show host and political influencer is the 23rd recipient of the award.
He earned a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in “Mark Twain Tonight” in 1966 and the first of his 10 Emmy nominations in 1967.
The Martinez News-Gazette, which began in 1853 and once counted Mark Twain as one of its writers, bade farewell to readers on Sunday: "GOODBYE."
"Well, this is insanely exciting," the actress said about the news.
Including Franken "would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor," PBS said.
We must be wary of letting ourselves be swayed by lies that may appeal to our wishes for the world rather than recognizing how the world really is.