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Comedy Fest ’05 to honor Carrey

Stewart Oksenhorn

Jim Carrey will be the recipient of the AFI Star Award at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, festival producers announced. Carrey will be presented the Star Award in a ceremony and career tribute hosted by late-night talk-show host and former “Simpsons” writer Conan O’Brien.The 11th annual USCAF is set for Feb. 9-13 in various venues in Aspen.The Ontario-born Carrey received his first notoriety as a comic actor on the television series “In Living Color,” where he played the role of Fire Marshal Bill. His first starring film role, as the title character in 1994’s “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” made Carrey a top-shelf star, as the film earned over $70 million in the U.S. Carrey has since starred in comedies such as “Dumb & Dumber,” “Bruce Almighty” and “Liar Liar,” and taken dramatic roles in “The Majestic” and “The Truman Show.” He earned positive reviews earlier this year for his starring role in the offbeat, existential romance “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Carrey is one of four actors to win the Golden Globe Award for best actor in a motion picture for both comedy and drama, having won for the Andy Kaufman biopic “Man in the Moon” in 2000, and for “The Truman Show” in 1999. Carrey is next scheduled to appear as Count Olaf in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” due out in December, and in a remake of the 1977 comedy “Fun with Dick and Jane.””Jim Carrey is the rarest kind of actor,” said Jean Picker Firstenberg, CEO of the American Film Institute. “Jim has proven he can do comedy or drama in films that are both creatively brilliant and reach audiences of all ages.”Past winners of the AFI Star Award include Albert Brooks, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, the Monty Python troupe, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, and last year’s recipient, Diane Keaton.No other programming has been set for the 2005 USCAF. The festival, held in Aspen since its inception in 1995, regularly features awards presentations, stand-up performances, sketch comedy, theater presentations, and the Film Discovery Program.For tickets and further information, call 1-800-778-4633, or go to http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is stewart@aspentimes.com


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