Michael Ian Black to Host Nantucket Film Fest Comedy Roundtable

7:00 AM PST 06/03/2014 by Tatiana Siegel
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The festival also is putting on a staged reading of Donick Cary's TV pilot "Strange Calls," with Fred Willard, Anthony Edwards and Tom Cavanagh.

The Nantucket Film Festival unveiled the lineups for this year's signature programs, including the annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable presented by Ben Stiller.

Now in its sixth year, the roundtable will again be moderated by last year's host, Michael Ian Black, on June 29. Billy on the Street's Billy Eichner, Obvious Child's Jenny Slate and The Kroll Show writer Ron Funches also will be participating. The program supports the Nantucket Teen View program, which holds writings labs for Nantucket teenagers throughout the year and supports student filmmakers.

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The festival is re-introducing one of its signature programs from the past -- a staged reading of a high-profile yet unproduced screenplay -- and has selected Donick Cary's TV pilot Strange Calls. Joining Cary at the reading will be Fred Willard (Modern Family, Best in Show), Anthony Edwards (Zodiac, ER) and Tom Cavanagh (Ed, Scrubs). Strange Calls is written by Cary, co-executive producer and showrunner of NBC's Parks and Recreation and the former head writer of Late Night With David LettermanStrange Calls takes place on Nantucket and is focused on Toby Banks, a Boston cop who has been exiled to the island and is tasked with answering the strange calls that come into the station. The staged reading will be held June 26.

Also, Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) will step in to present this year's screenwriter's tribute to Aaron Sorkin. (Emily Mortimer, who was previously announced, had to bow out due to scheduling conflict.) The tribute will take place on June 28.

"We are committed to presenting Signature Programs that feature the world's most preeminent screenwriters, writers and storytellers. We look forward to continuing to explore writing and storytelling through current masters of the art form and breakthrough talents," said executive director Mystelle Brabbee.

The signature programs combine with a slate of more than 100 films, the most the festival has ever programmed, to round out this year's lineup. The 2014 Nantucket Film Festival runs June 25 to 30.

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