Comedia taps Atkinson, Corddry pics

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MONTREAL -- Rowan Atkinson, Rob Corddry and Marlon Wayans will next month headline Comedia, the Just for Laughs comedy festival's film sidebar, organizers said Tuesday.

Britain's Atkinson will be in Montreal to introduce a screening of "Mr. Bean's Holiday" while Corddry will stump for his latest feature, "The Ten." Also bound for the 11th installment of Comedia is French director Michel Boujenah ("Three Men and a Baby"), who will preview his latest comedy, "3 Amis," as well as the French version of "Hairspray."

Wayans will host "The Best of Comedia" showcase on July 18.

Just For Laughs COO Bruce Hills told reporters that Comedia, set to run July 12-22, is the largest festival of comic shorts worldwide.

Hills described this year's lineup as "by far the most ambitious festival to date," with a record 125 short films from 16 countries unspooling.

Also on tap for Montreal, as part of Comedia's "Big Stars, Short Films" program, is "My Wife is Retarded," an off-the-wall exploration of mariage from Sean Astin; "I Am Bob?" which portrays rock star Bob Geldoff auditioning for the role of a Bob Geldof impersonator; and a mockumentary from Rainn Wilson ("The Office") titled "Lance is a Jerk," in which he plays the personal assistant of cycling legend Lance Armstrong.

In addition, the perrenial "Eat My Shorts" program will be hosted by Zain and Riaz Meghji while Mike Paterson will host the more irreverent "Eat My Twisted Shorts" sidebar.

Comedia's French programming section will present comic shorts from Quebec, France and Belgium and will be hosted by rising Quebec stars Billy Tellier, Alexandrew Barrette, Les Satiriques and Patrick Masbourian.

The sidebar's "Short Bytes Cinema" program on July 20 will introduce Web-based comedy shorts including content from Toronto-based Heavy.com.

Comedia will close July 22 with a screening of "Taxi 4."

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