Steve Martin's character in "The Jerk" is ecstatic to find his name in print — in the phone book. "Things are going to start happening to me now!" he says.
Twenty-six years later, the actor and writer received a more prestigious form of recognition.
For his career achievements, Martin was honored Sunday with one of the nation's top comedy awards — the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Among those saluting the versatile performer at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., were actors Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short and Claire Danes and musicians Paul Simon and Randy Newman.