You might not think Thanksgiving is very funny, but once you get past the stress of cooking, crazy relatives, and shopping until you drop, you really should take some time to sit back with your family and laugh at some of the best comedy roasts of all time from Classic Friars Club Roasts.
The Friars started in New York City in the early 1900s. Eventually they organized dinners to celebrate a member, which eventually evolved (or devolved) into what we have come to know and love as a Friars Club roast. Over time, these events took on legendary proportions with speakers taking to the dais to present some of their rowdiest and most outlandish material in a no-holds-barred attempt to outdo and outperform each other. Fortunately some of these epic celebrity roasts have been preserved and are now available for your viewing pleasure.
Start the holiday shopping early, or order the DVDs yourself so you can watch them over and over again. Save over 10% when you purchase a five-volume special edition box set of the Classic Friars Club Roasts for only $89.95 plus $11.95 S&H. You’ll receive the Johnny Carson DVD, Milton Berle roast, and so much more. Plus, you’ll also receive the Don Rickles and Don Adams Classic Outtakes DVD containing hilarious comedy sketches never before seen on TV.
GREAT NEWS: You can now watch Friars Club Roasts online anytime, anywhere on your laptop, TV, phone and tablet! Streaming memberships are available for $11.66/month, $28.74/quarter or a best value of only $95.52/year. Call us today at 866-987-3678 to order your Friars Club Roast DVDs or start your membership, and then pull up a turkey leg and get ready for some side-splitting viewing fun.
Thanksgiving Morsels About Friars Club Roast Stars
We’re not pulling your leg – here are some great tidbits about some of the celebrity stars who appear in the Classic Friars Club Roasts DVDs:
- Don Rickles: Well-known for doling out insults and trouncing egos of anyone within earshot, Don Rickles has regaled millions with his sweeping barbs. Early in his career, he was brave enough to take a swipe at Frank Sinatra by dead-panning, “Make yourself at home Frank. Hit somebody.” Fortunately Sinatra found him hilarious, and Rickles went on to become the worst nightmare for any guest of honor at a roast. Our Don Rickles videos feature some of his best take-downs.
- Johnny Carson: Better known as the king of late-night television, Johnny Carson was also a tremendous comedian in his own right. Viewers loved his banter with Ed McMahon and guests as much as the incredible characters he created like Art Fern and Carnac the Magnificent. When it comes to roasting, though, the Johnny Carson videos will show that he relied on a quick wit and sophisticated sense of humor to get the job done.
- Jerry Lewis: Renowned worldwide for his movies and strangely beloved in France, Jerry Lewis turned a partnership with Dean Martin into comedy gold. After their acrimonious break-up he went on to solo in movies such as “The Bellboy,” “The Nutty Professor,” “The Errand Boy,” and “The Patsy.” He won critical acclaim in serious films such as “The King of Comedy” and “Funny Bones,” while his work for the Muscular Dystrophy Association raised millions for the organization. He has also earned the title of Abbot of the Friars Club and was the object of several celebrations. Our DVD of the Jerry Lewis roast is a true comedy gem.
- Milton Berle: Before becoming known to a generation of television-addled youth in the Golden Era of TV, Milton Berle honed his comedic talents in the Borscht Belt of the Northeast. He perfected the double take, the spit take, and the take down as well as a visual and physical form of slapstick that were sure to elicit howls of delight from his audience. His popular variety show, NBC’s “Texaco Star Theater” helped sell more TV sets in the early days of the medium than any other individual. During his tenure as head of the Friars Club he was a master of the Roast. Nobody was safe from his skewering – or his legendary wit.
- Jack Benny: Old “Mister Cheapskate” himself was one of the leading entertainers of the 20th century and a comedy legend. His signature pregnant pause or exasperated “WELL!” made audiences fall instantly in love with his patter. His radio and television family included Eddie Anderson as Rochester, Mel Blanc, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, and his real life wife Mary Livingston. Together they formed the precursor for today’s sitcom ensemble format. They were his foils for laughter, while his deadpan expressions spoke volumes. Eternally 39, Benny was immortalized forever in his very own Friars Club Roast.
Thanksgiving Q&A with Friars Club Roasts
Q: So why did the turkey cross the road?
A: What a strange question – wouldn’t you run, too, if there was somebody looking longingly in your direction and calling you “dinner?”
Q: Don’t they ever roast women?
A: In fact they do, but it took quite some time to get to that point. Phyllis Diller once dressed as a man to get inside and see what the fuss was all about. Lauren Bacall sent an audio tape when they honored Humphrey Bogart. Since then, some of the women roastees have included Phyllis Diller, Sophie Tucker, Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett.
Q: Which roast is the funniest?
A: They all crack us up, but the DVD where Dean Martin roasts Don Rickles is one of our all-time favorites. Old Dino played the part of the lovable lush to perfection but he could certainly get serious when it came to delivering a punch line.
Q: Would these make a good holiday gift?
A: Why didn’t we think of that sooner? Seriously, though, who doesn’t love a good laugh? And these are some of the best jokes that you and the lucky recipient will ever hear.
About Classic Friars Club Roasts: Classic Friars Roasts is a DVD collection of the best comedy roasts of all time. The Jerry Lewis roast features incredible barbs from comedy legends. The Johnny Carson DVD is just as hilarious as the skits you remember from The Tonight Show. Visit the website at http://www.classicfriarsroasts.com now to order your celebrity roast videos in time for Thanksgiving. “Like” the Facebook page for links to some classic comedy sketches. Call 866-987-3678 to order your very own collection of Johnny Carson videos and Don Rickles videos.