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Air Date: Tue, May 26, 2020 8:00 PM
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the Jewish heritages of actor Jeff Goldblum, radio host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron, uncovering previously unknown stories that show each shares much more with their ancestors than a religious tradition.
Air Date: Tue, Feb 11, 2020 8:00 PM
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history.
Air Date: Fri, Jan 11, 2019 9:30 PM
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Dave Chappelle.
Air Date: Mon, Jan 7, 2019 8:00 PM
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor Sterling K. Brown, comedian Sasheer Zamata and musician Jon Batiste discover the unexpected places their ancestors called home, providing new insight into the people and places that made them who they are today.
Air Date: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 9:30 PM
Emmy award-winning comedian David Letterman receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. This special features tributes from Letterman’s friends and colleagues including Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Amy Schumer and Martin Short.
Air Date: Fri, May 12, 2017 10:30 PM
This program profiles the larger-than-life yet very private comedy giant. He has never authorized a biography and has requested that his friends not talk about him, making his participation in this AMERICAN MASTERS special a genuine first.
Air Date: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 9:30 PM
Celebrate beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center, a star-studded lineup salutes the achievements of the comedic trailblazer.
Air Date: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 9:30 PM
Political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, who popularized the idea of the American Dream in 1831, to find out whether that American Dream is still alive today.
Air Date: Fri, Jan 29, 2016 11:00 PM
This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews, and includes never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him, and clips from throughout his career.
Air Date: Fri, Jan 29, 2016 9:00 PM
Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys, nine Tonys, and many other awards, director, actor, writer, producer and comedian Mike Nichols (1931 – 2014) was an artistic trailblazer. As the legendary comedy duo Nichols and May, Nichols and his partner Elaine May revolutionized comedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s.