Comedian Eddie Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Murphy is best known for his roles in movies such as “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Trading Places,” and “Coming to America,” as well as for a stint in the 1980s on the popular television show  “Saturday Night Live.”

But he joked Sunday that even his less popular projects contributed to his success.

“It’s all one body of work … because everything … all together leads to this moment — even the movies that didn’t work,” he said.

Murphy joins other Mark Twain Prize recipients including Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Bill Cosby.