James Franco has another distinguished accomplishment to add to his resume. The actor, writer, director, painter, musician, NYU professor and occasional “General Hospital” guest star will be the latest victim of a Comedy Central roast.
According to the official press release, the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco is set to tape in Los Angeles this August. The show will air on Labor Day.
"If only James Franco was a more successful, multihyphenated, 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 of content development and original programming at Comedy Central. "I've dreamed about this roast for as long as I can remember," Franco added.
As the Hollywood Reporter points out, Franco also released a video statement from his Instagram account. “Hey yo, what's up? I'm gonna get roasted on Comedy Central. Be sure to check it out. They wanted me to tell you that,” Franco said.
There is likely another reason that Franco agreed to be roasted by the network. According to the press release, Comedy Central has acquired the exclusive rights to air “Francophrenia,” a documentary directed by the actor that offers a behind-the-scenes look at his guest-starring role on the long-running soap opera “General Hospital.” The documentary will premiere digitally and on demand after Franco’s roast airs on Labor Day.
Executive producers for the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco will be by Miles Levy and Joel Gallen from Tenth Planet Productions. The duo also helmed the roasts of Rosanne Barr, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, and William Shatner.
It’s been a typically busy time for Franco. As previously reported, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for three films based on his “Palo Alto” short story collection. He’s also made headlines for criticizing former Oscars co-host Anne Hathaway in an interview with Howard Stern. Recently, Franco starred in the Harmony Korine-directed film “Spring Breakers,” which co-starred Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson.