I made some new friends last night (oh hello, Jason Mraz) at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC) where Ellen DeGeneres was awarded The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor .

DeGeneres joked “Thanks to everyone at PBS. I am so happy to be part of your farewell season,” taking a slight jab at Mitt Romney’s plan to halt the fed’s funding of PBS.

I would like to think Ellen & I would be good friends. We both believe in the importance of humor, we both want to use tv to spread the idea of ”being kind” to your neighbor and we both support pbs.

CREDIT:Alex Brandon/AP

Congrats to Ellen on her prestigious Mark Twain prize and special thanks to Exec Producer, Exec VP & Chief Programming Officer of WETA, Dalton Delan, for inviting me!  It was an amazing night!

[Tune into PBS to watch this event on Oct. 30 on PBS stations]