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Will Forte and others to roast Alexander Payne at Omaha Press Club event



The Omaha Press Club will roast filmmaker Alexander Payne as they make him the next Face on the Barroom Floor.

Payne will be the 139th to get his caricature on the wall, an Omaha Press Club tradition that began in 1971 and has become one of the club's signature events.

The event will take place Nov. 22.

Will Forte, the comedian and actor who is best known for his former role on “Saturday Night Live,” will headline Payne's slate of roasters. Forte is starring in Payne's new movie, “Nebraska,” which debuts Nov. 15 at Film Streams. Payne, Forte and Bruce Dern will speak at a Film Streams-hosted special event at the Holland Center on Nov. 24.

Other roasters include: childhood friends, Mike Decker of Omaha and Ann Beeder, M.D. of New York City; author Kurt Andersen, former Omahan and host of National Public Radio's “Studio 360;” and Tom Johnson, re­tired communications director for the Nebraska Lottery. Payne used to work with Johnson at KFAB-AM radio.

Payne's first two feature films were the comedies “Citizen Ruth” (1996) and “Election” (1999). “About Schmidt” pre­miered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. Four of Payne's six feature films were shot in Nebraska, including “Nebraska.”

A large crowd is anticipated as more than 170 people have already made dinner reservations. Due to the large crowd, attendance will be limited to only those people staying for dinner.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. The roast begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner follows the end of the roast and the unveiling of Payne's Face caricature.

The event is open to the public. Cost for dinner is $40 for Omaha Press Club members and $50 for nonmembers. Call 402-345-8008 to make a reservation.


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