Laffer fest gets ‘Arrested’

Skein's cast to perform live staged episode reading

Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor and Portia de Rossi will be arresting Aspen audiences at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, running Feb. 9-11.

The cast of “Arrested Development,” along with the skein’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz, will gather for a live staged episode reading and a discussion about the making of the Emmy-winning laffer.

“We all see sitcoms as being in big trouble. ‘Arrested Development’ takes so many chances and remains on Fox despite its struggle in the ratings,” said fest executive producer Pat Tourk Lee. “The festival can only support such a show in the face of reality television.”

In addition to “Arrested,” the event will present “Trumbo: Red White and Blacklisted” as part of its Freedom of Speech programming. Christopher Lloyd will reprise his Off Broadway role as Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted scribe who penned such pics as “Roman Holiday” and “Spartacus.”

After a three-year absence, Catherine O’Hara will be returning as host of the fest’s “Late Night Lounge” midnight variety show. Her previous shows have featured surprise performances by Steve Martin and Billy Crystal, among others.

“She has so many friends in the industry that we tend to get more comedy stars whenever she hosts,” said Tourk Lee.

Also returning for a second year, Daily Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart and Peter Guber will be taping new episodes of their AMC entertainment talkshow, “Sunday Morning Shootout.”

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