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ShowEast unwraps ‘Elf,’ Ferrell kudos

'School' thesp to be feted October 1

Will Ferrell, star of upcoming New Line laffer “Elf,” will be honored as comedy star of the year at ShowEast 2003, organizers said Monday.

ShowEast is skedded for Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, Fla. Ferrell, who plays off co-stars James Caan, Ed Asner and Bob Newhart in “Elf,” will be feted Oct. 1 at a dinner reception set to follow the film’s screening at a nearby multiplex.

“New Line has been one of ShowEast’s greatest supporters, and we are thrilled with their plans for this year’s convention,” ShowEast co-director Mitch Neuhauser said. “Will Ferrell has proven to be one of the most exciting, versatile talents in comedy, and ‘Elf’ represents a major step in his career, making it the ideal linchpin for this much-deserved award.”

Ferrell last starred in the film comedy “Old School,” which DreamWorks unspooled earlier this year, and he had a prominent role in 2001’s “Zoolander.” Other film credits include “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “The Ladies Man,” “Superstar,” “A Night at the Roxbury” and the “Austin Powers” pics. He’s currently filming DreamWorks’ “Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

Ferrell first gained public notice for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” including his impersonation of President Bush.