Ellen DeGeneres has been named the 2012 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The 54-year-old DeGeneres is the host of the daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She will be presented with the 15th annual award at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 22. The ceremony will be taped for a later broadcast, TheWrap.com reported.

“The Kennedy Center is happy to recognize Ellen DeGeneres' unique contributions to the world of comedy,” said David M. Rubenstein, chairman of the Kennedy Center. “Through her television programs, stand-up appearances, movies, and even commercials, her special brand of humor has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years.”

Responding to the news, DeGeneres said: “It's such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize. To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder … why didn't I get this sooner?”

In 2003, Lily Tomlin became the first openly gay person to win the prize.