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2012 Press Release

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About the Festival

  THE FRIARS CLUB COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL (FCCFF) is a star-studded celebration of the comedy genre in the heart of vibrant New York City. Known widely for its roasts and "100 years of antics," members of the Friars Club include the industry's top comedians and entertainers, from Frank Sinatra to Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg to Jerry Seinfeld. The Friars Club introduces FCCFF to foster the next generation of comedy filmmakers, to offer comedic filmmakers a platform for presenting their work, and to fill a void by paying tribute to a genre that often gets overlooked.

FCCFF promises four days of films, networking, parties, and laughter, and offers filmmakers the opportunity to introduce their work to leading executives, comedians, and industry professionals. The Festival's Board of Advisors alone offers a virtual who's who in film and comedy.

The Friars Club continues its tradition of commitment to comedy and nurturing new voices in entertainment with the introduction of the Comedy Film Festival. FCCFF seeks to give comedy films a world-class film festival to call home.

On the calendar will be screenings of feature films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world, as well as panel discussions with leading film industry professionals. Films will be presented at the Friars Club clubhouse, supplemented by screenings at nearby theaters within walking distance. A panel of jurors comprised of filmmakers and professionals in the various fields of cinema will award the Festival's Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short distinctions.

The Festival is not limited to any particular style of comedy. In their own words: "Whether it's crass, slapstick, sarcastic, a romantic comedy, a dark comedy, a spoof - you name it, if it's funny, it's eligible."
The Friars Club
The Friars Club has a unique gift to share: laughter! The premiere entertainment organization is throwing open the doors to its infamous Monastery. People have often mused, If only these walls could talk! Well, you are about to step into history and hear what they have to say. Take a seat at the Friars legendary roundtable and experience for yourself the jokes, the music, the songs, the Friars-past and present. It is all in here, the Roasts, the Toasts, the legends, the traditions of almost a century-all preserved and packaged for those who are seduced by the charm of entertainment..
Advisory Committee  

Danny Aiello
Chris Albers
Michael Barker
Chuck Barris
Joy Behar
Richard Belzer
Tom Bernard
Marty Bregman
Lorenzo Carcaterra
Gil Cates
Dick Cavett
Dominic Chianese

Tom Fontana
Robert Ben Garant
Judy Gold
Anita Jaffe
Victor Kubicek
Lisa Lampanelli
Nathan Lane
Thomas Lennon
Samm Levine
Jerry Lewis
Susan Lucci
Michael Lynne

Mace Neufeld
Rick Newman
Vincent Pastore
Joe Piscopo
Al Roker
Freddie Roman
Rory Rosegarten
Jeffrey Ross
Stewie Stone
Alan Zweibel
Friars Staff


Jerry Lewis


Freddie Roman


Stewie Stone


Fred C. Klein


Stu Cantor


Michael Gyure


Michael Caputo


Barry Dougherty
Alison Grambs
Larry Schatz


Larry Gerard

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