How Roasting Was Done Back in the Day: The 1971 Friars Club Roast of Jerry Lewis

Proving that the summer of 2012 has gotten off to a terribly slow start in terms of entertainment news, there's been quite a bit of buzz about the fact that Roseanne Barr will be the subject of a Comedy Central roast in August. I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun, and you should totally watch it, but the modern Comedy Central roasts leave me cold.

A lot of it has to do with my first exposure to the concept, the Harvey Pitnik roast scene in Amazon Women on the Moon, which set an impossibly high bar — it had Steve Allen and Rip Taylor, after all — and because none of the current roasts have that great “bunch of funny friends getting together to bust another friend's chops” vibe. Like, to pick a totally random example, the 1971 Friars Club Roast of Jerry Lewis.

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