LOS ANGELES - ShoWest has named Jay Roach Comedy Director of the Decade, it was announced today by Robert Sunshine, managing director of ShoWest, which will be held March 15 - 18, 2010, in Las Vegas. Roach will be presented with the ShoWest Comedy Director of the Decade Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
"Jay has directed some of the most hilarious movies for over a decade," said Sunshine. "With his much-loved debut Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Roach learned how to make audiences laugh out loud from the very beginning. Since then, moviegoers have flocked to theatres with each of his releases, making box office smash-hits and winning audiences over time and time again. We are excited to see what he has in store for audiences with Dinner for Schmucks and it is with this same amount of joy that we present Jay with the Comedy Director of the Decade award."
Roach is currently directing and producing the Paramount Pictures, Dream Works Pictures and Sypglass Entertainment comedy Dinner for Schmucks, starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, due out July 23rd. Dinner for Schmucks tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. From Roach, director of Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, comes an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.
Roach has garnered a reputation as one of Hollywood's producers/directors with a magic comedic touch, having helmed a string of very funny and successful hits. Roach made his directorial debut in 1997 with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and following that up with the sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Roach also directed and produced Meet the Parents and the follow-up Meet the Fockers. Prior to Parents, he also directed the wry and touching Mystery, Alaska, starring an ensemble cast headed by Russell Crowe. In 2008, Roach won two Emmy Awards for directing and producing, a Director's Guild Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for producing for the star-studded HBO made-for TV film Recount, starring Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern and Tom Wilkinson, among many other in which he took over directing for the late Syndey Pollack. Recent producing credits include Sacha Baron Cohen's film Bruno, Charlie Bartlett and the Academy Award nominated Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Prior to that, he produced The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In addition to Diner for Schmucks, Roach is also currently producing the third installment of the Focker's films Little Fockers, out December 2010.