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Published March 06 2012

Lamb: Seeing stars at the Fargo Film Festival? Oh yeah, those guys

If you go

What: Fargo Film Festival

When: Today-Saturday

Where: Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway

Info: Tickets range from $2 for the Two-Minute Movie Contest, $6 for a morning or afternoon pass, to $125 for an all-access festival pass. (701) 239-8385.


The Fargo Film Festival begins in earnest today and already locals have spotted a couple celebrities in town.

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes – Silent Bob and Jay from Smith’s movies like “Clerks,” “Mall Rats” “Dogma” and more – performed Tuesday night at the Fargo Theatre. If you were cruising by the Hotel Donaldson earlier in the day, there was a chance you saw the lanky Mewes smoking outside.

“Every year there’s a specific character (to festival),” said co-founder and former Fargo Theatre Executive Director Margie Bailly at Tuesday’s opening press conference. “This year, there’s a number of characters.”

The celebrities may be people of note to film nerds, but you don’t have to be a cinephile to recognize some of the faces.

Here’s a look at who is coming and how you know them:

• Rich Sommer: Sommer, a Concordia graduate, returns to host the festival-closing game, “Celebrity” on Saturday night. Without the glasses and bowtie, you may not recognize the man who plays Harry Crane on AMC’s “Mad Men.” In addition to bit roles in “The Office” and “Nikita,” you may also remember him as the drinking buddy Doug in “The Devil Wears Prada,” the guy who said, “Python’s hot right now.”

Oh yeah, that guy.

• Matt Walsh: In addition to playing “Celebrity,” Walsh screens his comedy “High Road” Saturday afternoon. He’s the founder of the improve comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, which had a show on Comedy Central from 1998 to 2000. He was also a correspondent on “The Daily Show” from ’01 to ’02. Still nothing? He’s in almost every Todd Philips comedy playing someone named “Walsh.” In “The Hangover,” he’s the doctor who tells the guys they were drugged with rohypnol.

Oh yeah, that guy.

• Joe Lo Truglio: A cast member from “High Road,” Lo Truglio bears the distinction of playing Butt-Crack Man (“Gulliver’s Travels”) and Voice Crack Guy (“I Love You, Man”). In “Superbad” he was the driver who hits Jonah Hill and brings him to a party. In “Paul” he was the hapless agent O’Reilly. You can see (too much of) him as Wayne the nudist in the Jennifer Aniston comedy “Wanderlust,” currently playing at the West Acres 14 theater.

Oh yeah, that guy.

• Matt L. Jones: Another cast member from “High Road,” Jones may be getting typecast as a comic druggie. He played Stoner Friend in “Community” and Weed Guy in “Key and Peele.” His biggest recurring role, however, was as Badger in the drug drama, “Breaking Bad.”

Oh yeah, that guy.

• Fred Stoller: While coming to the fest as the star of the comedy “Fred and Vinnie,” Stoller recently appeared regularly as Dexter in “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Still, his expressive face may best be remembered as the forlorn cousin Gerard in “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

Oh yeah, that guy.

• Sarah Hagan

The star of honorable mention feature “Jess + Moss,” Hagan’s road to Fargo included a recurring role as Alana in the “90210” reboot, stops at “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” and the role of Amanda in the last season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Still her best known role may have been as Millie, the religious best friend in “Freaks and Geeks.”

Oh yeah, that girl.


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533