Comedy Central will continue its 10-year tradition of roasting our favorite pop-culture icons and comedians next month when they tape the Comedy Central Roast of James 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. Oh well… I suppose we’ll just have to make do,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president of content development and original programming.
In addition to the Roast, Comedy Central will air Francophrenia, a documentary Franco created about his stint on the soap opera General Hospital, wherein he played the evil and mysterious “Franco.” The film will play on Comedy Central’s digital properties and on its Video On Demand platforms after the Roast airs on Labor Day. If you want to watch Franco sleepily announce the Roast news, go here.
Franco joins the ranks of Bob Saget, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and most recently, Roseanne Barr — among many others — as Comedy Central’s roasting victims. An exact taping date has not been announced, nor has the Roastmaster or roastees been mentioned. Stay tuned!