Depending on who you talk to, James Franco is either the busiest yet nicest man in Hollywood or a man seeminly possessed with working on as many projects as possible with the least amount of energy expended per said projects. But like him or hate him (and most like him), there’s something admirable about a chap who takes one to the jaw for Comedy Central. The short video “teaser” for the upcoming September 2 “roast” is down below for your viewing pleasure.
This first promo for the upcoming roast shows Franco taking a punch to the jaw from a fist enclosed in a red boxing glove. The punch has been slowed down to a crawl for everyone’s enjoyment. Apart from Franco’s that is. Whether slow motion or not, that had to sting a little.
The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco is just one of a long standing tradition, started originally by the famous New York Friar’s Club. The “roast” has been a popular way for show business to honour their version of royalty.
In keeping with the theme of poking fun at the recipient, Comedy Central’s president of original programming, Kent Alterman, questions the talent of the actor in the statement where Franco was announced as the “honoree.” Alterman said (very tongue-in-cheek), “If only James Franco was a more successful, multi-hyphenated, incessant creative risk taker in different media, he’d be the perfect person to roast. I suppose we’ll just have to make do.”
If you follow the link that’s underneath the YouTube video of James Franco taking one to the jaw for Comedy Central, you’ll read the following announcement: “Comedy Central is rolling out the red carpet for the multi-hyphenated jack-of-all-trades James Franco. The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco (#FrancoRoast) will tape in Los Angeles in August and premiere on Labor Day. It will be executive produced by Miles Levy and Joel Gallen from Tenth Planet Productions, who also served as Executive Producer and Director of the Comedy Central Roasts Of Roseanne Barr, Charlie Sheen, and Donald Trump, as well as the Emmy®-nominated Comedy Central Roast Of William Shatner.
This will be the 13th roast that Comedy Central has produced. Similar to the Friar’s Club, Comedy Central started by honouring comedians, but as there aren’t that many comedians who could be called upon to participate in getting made fun of, they expanded to non-comedians.
In the comedian’s corner we have Jeff Foxworthy, Joan Rivers and, somewhat amazingly, Donald Trump. In the non-comedian’s corner we have David Hasselhoff and Roseanne Barr. But whichever category Franco falls into (I personally think it should be the comedian one as he isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. Just check out his Funny or Die videos and see what you think.)
The network has not yet announced who the Roastmaster or roasters will be.
The show will air on Labor Day, September 2, and the rumour is that Franco may be too busy to attend. He’ll probably setting up another Kickstarter for one of his many projects or attending one of his charities. Hopefully James Franco will be attending, even if it means that he has to take another shot to the jaw for Comedy Central. Until then, check out the slo-mo video below:
By Michael Smith