Plus, the actor says he pal Owen Wilson is "doing great"

By Ruth Laney and Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 15, 2007 05:35 PM

Vince Vaughn returned to his comic roots this weekend, when he premiered his new movie Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 NightsHollywood to the Heartland as part of the 18th annual New Orleans Film Festival.

The documentary chronicles a 30-cities-in-30-days road trip in 2005 with four stand-up comics who are introduced (and often joined onstage) by the 6’5″, Minnesota-born Vaughn. And though New Orleans isn’t in the film – because the planned stop was derailed by Hurricane Katrina – Vaughn told the audience at the premiere that he hosted a comedy show in New Orleans years ago that evolved into what is now his Wild West Comedy Show.

Indicating his friend, bar owner Rio Hackford (son of New Orleans-based Ray film director Taylor Hackford), Vaughn, 37, said, “Rio moved here in the ’90s, and I’ve been coming here [to visit him] a long time. We did our first live show at [his club] the Matador.”

As for doing a show a night, as the movie demonstrates, Vaughn said, “You felt like you were being Federal Expressed from city to city. If I did it again, I’d take a day off or two. But I had so much fun laughing with people every night.”

The topic almost begged the question about Vaughn’s Wedding Crashers costar, Owen Wilson. Asked about his friend, Vaughn told PEOPLE, “He’s doing great.” And as for the possibility of a sequel to their 2005 summer comedy smash, Vaughn said, “Oh, you never know.”