'The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco' to Premiere on Labor Day

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July 10th, 2013

James Franco

via press release:



“COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of James Franco” to Tape in LA in August and

Premiere on Labor Day


Franco-Directed Documentary “Francophrenia” to Debut Exclusively on COMEDY CENTRAL Digital and VOD Platforms Following the Network Airing of Roast


NEW YORK, July 10, 2013 – COMEDY CENTRAL is rolling out the red carpet for the multi-hyphenated and extremely talented James Franco.  The network announced today that Franco will be adding a new moniker to his ever growing list of accomplishments as this year’s Roastee.  The “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of James Franco” (#FrancoRoast) will tape in Los Angeles in August and premiere on Labor Day.

"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.  Oh well… I suppose we'll just have to make do,” said Kent Alterman, President, Content Development & Original Programming, COMEDY CENTRAL.

"I've dreamed about this Roast for as long as I can remember," said Franco.

In addition to the Roast, COMEDY CENTRAL has acquired the exclusive digital rights to the Franco-directed documentary “Francophrenia.”  The 90-minute program gives fans a front-row seat to Franco’s experience during his stint on “General Hospital.”  “Francophrenia” will debut on COMEDY CENTRAL’s digital and VOD platforms after the network airing of the “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast of James Franco.”

The “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of James Franco” 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 Rosanne Barr, Charlie Sheen, and Donald Trump, as well as the Emmy®-nominated “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of William Shatner.” Jonas Larsen is the Executive in Charge for the network.

  • Chris

    Franco is an interesting choice for a roast, hopefully they will have Seth Rogen on it also.

  • Dan

    Really James Franco, that’s an odd choice

  • mike


  • Jim

    Seth Rogen HAS to be there. James Franco has had very few comedic roles, and almost all of them have involved Seth Rogen (Freaks and Geeks, Pineapple Express, This Is the End, etc.) Tobey Maguire should be there, too. Rogen would be the obvious choice for Roastmaster/Host

  • Justin

    Also hopefully Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Nick DiPaulo, Snoop Dogg, Danny McBride, Tracy Morgan, And the Apatow Pals

  • E

    They better rip on his Oscar performance! One of the worst hosting jobs in history!

  • Chris

    You know who Comedy Central should tap for a roast? Larry King. The roasters would make all sorts of age jokes.

  • Sean

    Kelly Monaco!!!

  • CAS

    I love him. But I do think it is an odd choice but I find him pretty funny myself.

  • TV Viewer

    Labor Day is a holiday for most Americans, and that is an unusual day to premiere an important special. I doubt if the ratings will be that great.

    @E James Franco and Anne Hathaway were so terrible hosting the Academy Awards, that when Billy Crystal walked out on stage, almost everyone in the theater demanded he take over hosting duties for the rest of the show, and he was back as Master of Ceremonies at the next year’s broadcast. James Franco and Anne Hathaway can act, but, they are incapable of hosting an awards show. They did not say or do anything remotely entertaining. When James Franco walked out wearing a dress it was far more embarrassing than funny. Worst awards show hosts ever.

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