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the Labor Day Weekend Comedy-A-Thon at FLiFF

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival hosts the Labor Day Weekend Comedy-A-Thon
Hosted by Comedian & Director Wil Shriner

Get ready for a Labor Day Weekend of side-splitting laughter with Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival's (FLiFF) Comedy-A-Thon at Cinema Paradiso, September 5 and 6. FLiFF packs some of their favorite funny films into 24 hours, from Noon-Midnight Sunday, September 5 and from 10AM-10PM on

Monday, September 6.
Director/Comedian Wil Shriner will kick-off each day with a montage collection of some of the great comedy moments in film over the past 90 years. Shriner is an award winning director of some of our favorite sitcoms including Frasier, Becker, Everyone Loves Raymond and the Gilmore Girls. He also directed the film Hoot based on Carl Hiaasen's best selling children's book and filmed in Fort Lauderdale.

Clips from some of the greatest directors and biggest stars from the past century will be presented for a solid education on who made us laugh in the cinema. Actor Kin Shriner (General Hospital) will set up a quick look into the history of the screwball comedies from the 30's and 40's. If you like to laugh, this is a series of films not to be missed.

The collection of films on both days are a great representation of how comedy films have changed over the years and seeing them with a live audience is a rare treat for any film buff.

If you make it through the entire program without busting a gut or leaving the auditorium both days, you could win a Fast Pass to the 25th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival taking place October 22 - November 11. The FLIFF Fast Pass (valued at $475) entitles the bearer to attend all films and parties at this year's mega event.

For all films Sunday & Monday: $10 FLIFF Members | $15 Non-Members

For Individual Films: $3 general admission | $1 FLiFF members.

For a complete line-up of films and advance tickets visit: or call 954-760-9898.

Venue: Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale. Just east of the Broward County Courthouse on the south bank of the New River.

Parking: Parking is free all day at meters and in the Courthouse garage

Complete Film Schedule below.

Sunday, September 5, Noon - Midnight

Comedy Montage Day 1 - The Ground Breakers: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, W C Fields, Laurel and Hardy ,Abbot and Costello, the Three Stooges and many more

1942… Palm Beach Story, directed by Preston Sturges (88 min)

Joel McCrea star as struggling architect Tom Jeffers and his lovely wife Geraldine (Claudette Colbert). The two are at odds because she hates being broke. Exasperation comes to a head when a "Wienie King" slips Gerry $700, and she leaves on a screwball train trip to Palm Beach, Florida for a divorce; Tom follows, determined to reclaim her.

1934…It Happened One Night directed by Frank Capra (105 min)

Two great lovers of the screen, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, star in the grandest of romantic comedies. Rebellious socialite Ellie Andrews marries King Wesley but her wealthy father has it annulled. Tired of her father's control, she runs away by diving off the family yacht in Miami and heading for New York. On the bus she meets street-smart reporter Peter Warne. They end up traveling together as Warne hopes to get a great story, and Ellie needs his worldly help.

1934…The Thin Man, directed by WS Van Dyke (91 min)

William Powell and Myrna Loy team up to solve a murder case in this hilarious who-done-it style comedy-mystery also starring Maureen O'Sullivan.

1935…A Night At The Opera, directed by Sam Wood (96 min)

The Marx Brothers - Groucho, Chico and Harpo take on high society. Two lovers who are both in opera are prevented from being together by the man's lack of acceptance as an operatic tenor. Pulling several typical Marx Brothers' stunts, they arrange for the normal tenor to be absent so that the young lover can get his chance.

1940…His Girl Friday directed by Howard Hawks (92 min)

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in the romantic comedy about a newspaper editor that uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

1964…Dr. Strangelove, directed by Stanley Kubrick (95 min)

Peter Sellers, in three different roles including Dr. Strangelove and an all-star cast star in one of the best-loved comedies of all time about an insane general who starts the process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

1987…Raising Arizona , directed by Coen Bros (94 min)

Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter star as a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop. When the two decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.

1984…This is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner (94 min)

The funniest rock 'n roll movie ever, Rob Reiner stars as Marti DeBergi, a film-maker who decides to make a documentary (a rockumentary actually) about the world's loudest band, the British heavy metal group Spinal Tap. The movie is in fact a biting satire and spoof of the whole rock and roll scene that passes itself off as a real documentary of a real band. Hilarious behind-the-scenes footage is combined with faux-concert clips to breath life into the imaginary group. Also starring Christopher Guest and Michael McKean.

Monday, Sept 6 (Labor Day) 10AM - 10PM

Comedy Montage Day 2 - The Comedians and Their Films: Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Albert Brooks, Carl Reiner, Bill Murray plus the great comedy teams like the Marx Brothers, Martin and Lewis, Hope and Crosby, The Coen Brothers and Monty Python

1959…Some like it Hot, directed by Billy Wilder (120 min)

This Oscar winning comedy stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon as two struggling musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and try to get out of Chicago before the mob discovers them. The only job that will pay their way is an all girl band so, the two dress up as women. They meet singer and ukulele player, Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe) and though both men begin to fall for her, they have to keep up the disguise until they're safe.

1972…What's Up Doc directed by Peter Bogdanovich (94 min)

Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal star in this screwball comedy. Howard Bannister (O'Neal) travels to San Francisco with his fiancé to compete for a musicology research grant, when he runs into a wild, unpredictable college drop out (Streisand) who brings havoc and chaos everywhere she goes. Also starring Madeline Kahn and Michael Murphy.

1970…MASH directed by Robert Altman (116)

This Oscar winner with an all-star cast is one of the greatest comedies of all time and spawned one of the longest running TV series in history. The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. Cast of the M.A.S.H. unit included: Donald Sutherland as Haweye Pierce, Elliott Gould as Trapper John McIntyre, Tom Skerrit as Duke Forrest, Sally Kellerman as Hot Lips O'Houlihan, Robert Duval as Major Frank Burns, Roger Bowen as Col. Henry Blake, Rene Auberjonois as Father John Mulcahy, David Arkin as Sgt. Major Vollmer, Jo Ann Pflug as Lt. 'Dish', Gary Burghoff as Corporal 'Radar' O'Reilly, Fred Williamson as Dr. Oliver 'Spearchucker' Jones, and Michael Murphy as 'Me Lai' Marston.

1974…Young Frankenstein, directed by Mel Brooks (106)

Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of Dr. Frankenstein. After years of living down the family reputation, he inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments. Marty Feldman stars as his faithful hunch-backed butler, Igor (who pronounces with a hard I), Cloris Leachman as Frau Blücher (who initiates a horse whinny each time she appears on screen), Teri Garr as Swedish assistant Inga, Peter Boyle as the show-stopping monster (with his rendition of 'Putting on The Ritz' that will never be forgotten), Madeline Kahn as Young Frankenstein's fiancé and a host of fun cameos including Gene Hackman and Mel Brooks.

1979…Manhattan directed by Woody Allen (96 min)

In typical Woody Allen fashion, Manhattan is the story of divorced New Yorker, currently dating a high-schooler who brings himself to look for love in the mistress of his best friend instead. The all-star cast includes Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway and Meryl Streep.

1988…A Fish Called Wanda, directed by Charles Crichton (108 min)

A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood this over-the-top comedy about four very different people who team up to commit armed robbery, then try to double-cross each other for the loot, stars John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Tom Georgeson and Michael Palin.

1975…Monty Python & The Holy Grail, directed by Terry Gilliam (91 min)

The tag line ... "Makes Ben Hur look like an Epic" ... says its off-wall Python. The theme this time is King Arthur and his knights who embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles. Starring all your favorite Brits ... John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and others.
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