It’s Cosby’s Show at the Kennedy Center

Bill Cosby is honored for a lifetime of laughs.

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Bill Cosby was honored Monday night at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. Cosby received the nation's top humor prize and was saluted by fellow comedians and entertainers.
Cosby waves to the crowd in the Kennedy Center before receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday night.
Cosby holds the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor after being honored with the prize in Washington. From left are musician Len Chandler, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Phylicia Rashad, Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, and Chris Rock.
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Afterward, Cosby said he saw his life pass before his eyes but it was "all right."
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Actress Phylicia Rashad and many of the "Cosby Show" cast members were on hand for the award.
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Rashad, who played Claire Huxtable on the series, flew from London where she is in rehearsal for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" to be part of the show at Cosby's request.
Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo on "The Cosby Show," came to honor his TV dad.
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Warner poses for photographers with his mother Pamela Warner.
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Sinbad was a mainstay on "The Cosby Show" spin-off "A Different World" as Coach Walter Oakes.
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Jerry Seinfeld saluted his fellow funny man with the nation's top comedy prize. Seinfeld said Cosby's comedy albums inspired his own career.
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Chris Rock and Willie Nelson both came to honor the famous comedian.
Actress Rita Moreno, a longtime friend of Cosby, told MyFox, "He tells it like it. I know that upsets a number of people, but on the other hand, he does speak the truth."
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Comedian Steven Wright also attended the annual ceremony for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
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Comedian Dick Gregory shared jokes about his long friendship with Cosby. "When the stock market crashed last September, they was going to repossess my Rolls-Royce," Gregory said. "I said, 'Bill, what do I do?'" Cosby's response, according to Gregory: "Don't park in front of the house!"
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Jerry Seinfeld Bill Cosby share a laugh before the show.
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The tribute will air Nov. 4 nationwide on PBS. Cosby insisted the performances at the tribute be free of profanity and that the show reflect his emphasis on education.
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