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Keaton to be feted at Comedy Fest

Stewart Oksenhorn
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Actress Diane Keaton and playwright August Wilson will be honored at the upcoming U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, festival producers announced yesterday.

Keaton will be presented with the AFI Star Award at the 10th annual USCAF, scheduled for March 3-7 at various Aspen locations.

A current Golden Globe Award nominee for her performance in “Something’s Gotta Give,” Keaton earned an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the 1977 Woody Allen film “Annie Hall.” Keaton also starred in Allen’s “Love and Death” and “Manhattan,” and such additional comedies as “Father of the Bride” and “Baby Boom.” Keaton has also been featured in numerous dramatic films, including “The Godfather,” “The Godfather II,” “Reds” and “Looking for Mr. Goodbar.”

Previous winners of the AFI Star Award include Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal.

Wilson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award, will be honored with the Freedom of Speech Award. Wilson is the author of “Fences” and “The Piano Lesson,” which documents the history of the experience of black Americans. Past recipients of the award include Michael Moore and the Smothers Brothers.

USCAF producers announced other additions to the 2004 festival, including the taping of several television shows.

A taping of “Sunday Morning Shootout” will have Peter Bart, editor in chief of Variety magazine, trading views with Peter Guber, producer of “Batman” and “The Witches of Eastwick” and current chief of Mandalay Entertainment.

Episodes of the reality show “Last Comic Standing,” hosted by Jay Mohr, and of the “COPS” parody “Reno 911” will also be taped at the USCAF. A “Best of Festival” show, hosted by Joe Rogan of “The Man Show” and “Fear Factor,” will also be taped in Aspen.

Two programs that debuted at last year’s USCAF will return this year: the awards show Comedy Film Honors, and “The Moth,” a story-writing event which will feature actress Teri Garr.

Drew Carey will host the Festival Gala, featuring performances by several USCAF alumni.

This year’s Film Discovery Program, the USCAF’s film component, will feature such international films as the French romantic comedy “Bon Voyage,” Denmark’s “The Green Butchers,” Germany’s “Good Bye, Lenin!” and Canada’s “The Saddest Music in the World.” There will also be a special day of screenings of all award-winning films on March 7 at the Isis Theatre.

Previously announced programs include events involving the TV series “Sex and the City” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” a celebration of the Chris Rock film “Pootie Tang,” and the presentation of the AFI Filmmaker Award to the directors of “Airplane!” Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker.

Currently available to Roaring Fork Valley residents is the Locals Pass. The $95 pass includes admission to one Main Show, one Special Event, several additional live performances and daily film screenings.

For further programming information and information on other ticket packages, go to or call 1-800-778-4633.

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