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Comedy fest fetes Reiner

Rob Reiner will be presented with the American Film Institute Star Award at the third annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, taking place in Aspen, Colo., Feb. 26-March 2.

The AFI Filmmakers Retrospective will honor Reiner for his work as a producer, director, writer, actor and executive on such comic pics as “This Is Spinal Tap,” “The Sure Thing,” “The Princess Bride,” “When Harry Met Sally …” and “The American President.”

Other festival events will include a 75th birthday salute to comedian Rodney Dangerfield, a tribute to comedian George Carlin commemorating his 40th year in showbiz and an edition of the weekly HBO series “Dennis Miller Live.”

New comedy sought

More than 60 performers representing various comedic forms will be spotlighted at the five-day fest, with a particular emphasis on new artists and proponents of alternative comedy. Featuring performances, screenings, forums and Q&A periods, the USCAF is intended to provide members of the industry an opportunity to exchange ideas.

Reiner first received public recognition as Archie Bunker’s son-in-law on the series “All in the Family.” In 1987, along with partners Alan Horn, Glenn Padnick, Andrew Scheinman and Martin Shafer, Reiner formed Castle Rock Entertainment.

Additional information on the fest can be obtained by calling (800) 778-4633.

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