Photo Credit: Photo credit: Getty Images | Actor James Franco attends "Howl" New York screening after party at Bar D'Eau at Trump SoHo in Manhattan. (Sept. 22, 2010) newsday.com
The actor, writer, author, teacher, and director James Franco announced in an Instagram video that he has been selected as the next contender to be roasted on Comedy Central. This comes as a bit of a shock to those who are familiar with the concept of the show, which is for comedians to make severe verbal bashes at the host and for that host to simply sit there and take the mockery.
It’s usual for Comedy Central to get the biggest names they can possibly get as the host and not undermining Franco’s credentials in any way, but the more recent host’s have been some pretty legendry names such as Roseanne Bar, Charlie Sheen, David Hasselhoff, and Joan Rivers. Now, again, Franco does have a lot of great films and television shows under his belt such as This Is The End, Pineapple Express, 127 Hours (which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor), Howl, Milk, the televisions shows Freaks & Geeks, and General Hospital.
Plus, having a well-recognized face and being hailed as this generation’s James Dean probably gives him the necessary amount of acclaim to be accepted by the viewers of the show. However, Franco did have a little awkward moment the last time he was “roasted”. At this past South By Southwest Festival, comedian and podcast host Marc Maron had Franco on his panel for the live showing of his podcast WTF with Marc Maron.
As the show was running smoothly and Franco and Maron were having great banter, Maron asked how Franco felt about his Freaks & Geeks days with Franco saying he wish he didn’t take himself so seriously back then, with Maron immediately responding, “Good thing you don’t do that anymore.” Its intentions were to be taken light heartedly, but Franco was left feeling a bit uncomfortable and surprised that the sarcastic statement was said. The show ended after that, but Maron went backstage and made sure him and Franco were “good”.
In relation to that incident, we’ll just have to wait and see how Franco handles numerous comedians who are way more suited for dissing celebrities and can be classified as “professional roasters”. Comedy Central stated that the show will be recorded in Las Angeles in August and air September 2nd.