Friars Club launches first festival

Event to take place Sep. 24-27

Comedian coalition the Friars Club is launching the first annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, taking place Sep. 24-27 at movie theaters in Gotham. Pics in the fest will fall into three categories: a selection of curated films, submission-based movies and a small number of celeb-hosted classic film screenings.

The fest’s board of advisers includes Academy Awards producer Gil Cates; multihyphenate Jerry Lewis; “The View” co-host Joy Behar; thesps Susan Lucci, Joe Piscopo, Richard Belzer and Jeffrey Ross; “Today Show” weather forecaster Al Roker; and producers Tom Fontana and Mace Neufeld.

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