LOS ANGELES — James Franco can currently be seen on the big screen as a party-happy survivor of the apocalypse in the hit comedy “This Is the End.”
But the actor-writer-producer is about to face his own comic apocalypse: Franco will be on the hot seat on Labor Day for Comedy Central's annual roast. The special, which will tape in August, will feature stars, comedians and others taking humorous, sharp-edged aim at Franco.
“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,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for Comedy Central. “Oh, well ... I suppose we'll just have to make do.”
Franco at first glance seems an unlikely choice for a Comedy Central roast. With the exception of his disastrous hosting stint at the 2011 Oscars, Franco's missteps have been few.
But one reason for the roast may be synergy: Franco's documentary “Francophrenia” will debut on Comedy Central following the broadcast of the roast.