Kevin Hart Gets Emotional About Family Accepting the Mark Twain Award

Kevin Hart got emotional after receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, a top honor for seasoned comedians. The Washington, D.C. ceremony took place on March 24 at the Kennedy Center and debuted on Netflix on May 11. As Hart stood on stage, the comedian thanked his wife Eniko and oldest kids Heaven and Hendrix, who watched from their balcony seats with as much emotion as the “Reality Check” stand-up comic. Hart shared an Instagram post about the moment.

I’m not crying you’re crying….. looking at those kids broke me down. 😩😢…. Love them all so damn much!!!!! @netflix …. Mark Twain Award Ceremony….make sure you check it out.

Though there was plenty of humor throughout the ceremony (Nick Cannon prank anyone?), the video excerpt from the Netflix aired special shows Hart expressing his love and devotion to his family.

Hart choked up while thanking his kids: “I breathe for you. I live for you.” He thanked his wife for her patience. Hart credited his mother for his career (that portion of the video is not seen here) but said, “Take my mom away, and I don’t have an idea of what I want or who I want to be.”

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Celebrity guests featured included Lil Dicky, Dave Chappelle, Jimmy Fallon, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Chelsea Handler, Plastic Cup Boyz, Keith Robinson, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, J.B. Smoove, Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke, and others.

Hart follows an esteemed list of past recipients, such as the late Richard Pryor, who was the first to receive the prize in 1998. Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Carol Burnett, Eddie Murphy, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were also awarded the honor with the most recent honorees, including Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, and Adam Sandler.

Congratulations, Kevin! We’re not crying, either. 


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Photo Credit: Kevin Hart at the Kennedy Center. NETFLIX

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