Laff fest sets fetes

Hawn, Burrows garner Comedy kudos

Goldie Hawn and James Burrows have been pegged for honors at the 12th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and Damon Wayans’ feature helming debut, “Behind the Smile,” will have its world premiere in the fest’s film section.

Hawn will receive the 2006 AFI Star Award, which celebrates a comedic artist’s body of work in TV and film. Last year, Hawn published her memoir “Goldie: A Lotus Grows in the Mud.”

Emmy-winning TV director-producer Burrows will be lauded for his 30-year career on landmark sitcoms including “Cheers” and “Friends.” He recently directed the pilot of CBS’s “Courting Alex” starring Jenna Elfman.

Wayans’ “Behind the Smile” follows a Midwestern comedian as he tries to make it big in Hollywood. It stars Wayans and brother Marlon Wayans, Jim Belushi, Mike Binder and Camryn Manheim.

The USCAF runs March 8-12 in Aspen, Colo.

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