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David Wild

David Wild

Posted: May 26, 2010 07:39 PM

I don't usually come here to shamelessly hawk my goods . . . okay maybe I do.

Still, I want to take this opportunity to draw your HuffPost attention towards what I believe to be an excellent hour of television airing Thursday night at 9PM on ABC called Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute. I've been honored to work as a writer on these American Cinematheque Tributes for years alongside my friend Paul Flattery, one of the show's Executive Producers, as they have increasingly become that perfect combination of a loving tribute and a hilarious roast. This year's show -- airing for the first time on a major network -- is an entertaining salute to Matt Damon, an fine actor, screenwriter, philanthropist and as it turns out, one funny bastard.

Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute begins with sometimes Damon nemesis Jimmy Kimmel discovering the upsetting fact that he is in fact not hosting a tribute to Matt Dillon, but rather one Matt Damon. Kimmel then asks this timeless and hilarious question: "What can you say about Matt Damon that hasn't already been said about Brendan Fraser?"

From there, it's noting but love and laughs from the star-studded likes of Robin Williams, Clint Eastwood (who KILLED), Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Charlize Theron, former faux flame Sarah Silverman, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and last but not even close to least, Matt Damon, who gave every bit as good as he got. There are also taped bits here you won't want to miss from George Clooney, Ben Stiller and someone named Bill Clinton.

So do yourself a favor, America, and tune in. I promise you this: Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute is even funnier than Green Zone, and only half as long.

 
 
 

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