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Thursday
Mar012012

Friars Club to Roast Betty White

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- The Friars Club is set tp roast Betty White this spring, following in the footsteps of such legends as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, and Lucille Ball.

The New York Post reports the comics and entertainers who make up the 108-year old organization will be will sharpening their skewers for the event, which will be held at the Sheraton New York ballroom on May 16.

For her part, White's not backing down.

"Those Friars may think I’m an easy mark, but I have 90 years of comebacks waiting for them," she said.  "This is such an honor to be roasted by the Friars Club.  It will be an afternoon filled with dirty words, risque jokes and sex talk...and that’s just what I plan on saying."

White, 90, has had such a long career that she was on the hot seat at a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast in her honor back in 1978.

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Tuesday
Sep202011

'The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen': Goodbye to 'Winning'

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen's mega-hyped Comedy Central roast aired Monday night, and celebrity roasters like Jeff Ross, Jon Lovitz, and Roastmaster and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane took turns savaging Sheen's apparently former appetite for drugs, porn stars, and of course his well-publicized meltdown earlier this year.

MacFarlane poked fun at the fact that Sheen "just celebrated his 46th birthday, a statement nobody thought they'd ever hear."  MacFarlane said, "Honestly, Charlie, I never thought I'd live to see the night you'd live to see this night," MacFarlane said.

Jon Lovitz said of Sheen, "How much blow can Charlie Sheen do?  Enough to kill Two and a Half Men."  Lovitz, who has known the actor for nearly 20 years, says the real Charlie, "Is nothing like the character he plays on TMZ."

Sheen was also roasted by actress Kate Walsh, who said despite how much he's abused his lungs and liver, the "only things he's had removed are his kids."

Comedy Central's Roastmaster General Jeff Ross said of Sheen's Two and a Half Men flameout, "Charlie's meltdown was so bad Al Gore is making a documentary about it."  He also marveled at how Sheen went from "'television's highest paid actor' to 'the highest actor ever to be on TV," and said of Sheen's ex Brooke Mueller, who was in attendance, "She's not too bright unless Charlie's throwing a lamp at her."

Former boxing champ Mike Tyson, read some poetry he'd written in honor of Sheen, saying he used poetic license, "the only license they haven't taken away."

Some of the most politically incorrect jokes came from one of the lesser-known roasters, Anthony Jeselnik.  He told Sheen, "The only reason you got on TV in the first place is because God hates Michael J. Fox."  Sheen replaced Fox on Spin City after Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  Jeselnik also said Sheen's entire life is "like the first two minutes of Law & Order: SVU.

Jackass
star Steve-O, who himself battled addiction in the past, said Charlie Sheen does have tiger blood, but "unfortunately, that tiger is a helpless drug addict."

Comic Amy Schumer took big swings at her fellow roasters, and of course Sheen, who she said is like Bruce Willis, in that he "was big in the '80s, and now his old slot is being filled with Ashton Kutcher."

Actor William Shatner said he'd give Sheen the "fatherly advice he never got," by explaining there's no need to waste money on "expensive" prostitutes, because "actresses will sleep with you for free -- it's Hollywood 101!"

Patrice O'Neal said he "respected" Sheen, "but not his body of work," and wondered how Sheen reached such career heights when his brother, Emilio Estevez, hasn't.  "[His] career is over!."  One guy has tiger blood, O'Neal marveled, while the other "is selling his own blood to make money."

When Sheen himself took the stage, he said, "'Till tonight, I didn't realize how fu**ed up I was."

He later said, "I have come out unscathed.  You can't hurt me.  Hell, I can't even hurt me.  Drugs couldn't kill me, sex couldnt' kill me.  The press couldn't kill me.  Two and a Half Men couldn't kill me.  Did you really think your little jokes we're gonna hurt me?"

Sheen closed with some words of thanks for the love of his family, saying, "I'm done with 'the winning' because I've already won."

The festivities ended with Steve-O, who was determined to get a black eye from Mike Tyson, running headlong into the boxer's fist.  It was his second attempt, and he managed to break his own nose instead of getting a shiner.

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Monday
Sep192011

Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher Bond Backstage at the Emmys

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Continuing what could only be described as an apology tour that saw him issue mea culpas on The Tonight Show and Today, Charlie Sheen used some podium time as an Emmy presenter Sunday night to cheer on his former Two and a Half Men co-stars.

The less war-like warlock even tweeted some backstage pictures at the event of him bonding with his sitcom replacement Ashton Kutcher.

One pic is the pair posing for a shot, smiling -- to which Sheen tweeted to Kutcher, "@aplusk great talking to you! We'll all be watching! Make us proud!!"  Another shot shows an animated Sheen talking with Kutcher: "Giving the new kid a little advice..!" Sheen posted.

Kutcher's debut on Two and a Half Men is Monday at 9 p.m. ET.  The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen airs an hour later.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep142011

Charlie, Martin Sheen Reunite for 'Apocalypse Now'-Themed Roast Ad

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Having leaked a handful of scathing zingers from the just-taped Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, the channel is upping the ante with another high-profile promo for its Sept. 19 broadcast.

In Charpocalypse, Sheen reprises his father Martin Sheen's role in an Apocalypse Now spoof that features the warlock submerged in water, with only his camouflage-painted face peeking out.

Aping his dad's voiceover from Francis Ford Coppola's war epic, Sheen says, "I was going to the worst place in the world: cable.  Channel 745 -- I think.  I don't even really know what channel Comedy Central is, what with HD and all."

Sheen's concentration is broken when Martin Sheen yells, "Charlie!  Get out that pool and wash your face!  It's past your bedtime!"

The shot shifts, showing Sheen was actually in a pool, with two bikini-clad babes waiting for him.

"I thought you said this was your house!" one of the girls says to Charlie, before the elder Sheen shoos them away, griping to himself, "When will this ever end?"

Martin Sheen's appearance effectively dashes rumors the father and son were on the outs during Charlie's mega-hyped Two and a Half Men flame-out.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug302011

First Stars Announced for Charlie Sheen Roast

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedy Central has announced the first wave of roasters for its upcoming The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.

Harvey Levin -- whose TMZ gossip website owes millions of page-views to Charlie Sheen's famous Two and a Half Men flameout -- will take his shots at the warlock when the show tapes on Sept. 10 at the Sony Studios in Los Angeles.

Also getting ready to spill some tiger blood will be Jackass star Steve-O, comedian Anthony Jeselnik, and heavyweight boxing champion-turned pigeon-raising Hangover star Mike Tyson.  The network previously announced Comedy Central's "Roastmaster General" Jeffrey Ross will take his place at the dias, and that the festivities will be emceed by Roast Master Seth MacFarlane.

Other celebrities will be named in the days to come.  The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen will premiere on Monday, Sept. 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug242011

All Aboard the Crazy Train: Comedy Central Teases Sheen Roast

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedy Central has just released the first coming attraction for its upcoming roast of Charlie Sheen.

The spot features the warlock himself, appropriately riding a nuclear warhead like a cowboy on a bucking bronco, a la film Dr. Strangelove.  The explosive snippet, appropriately, is set to Black Sabbath's "Crazy Train."

The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen -- which comic Jeffrey Ross promises will be "a comedy intervention" for the tiger-blooded star -- will tape in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, but will air on Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET.  That's an hour after Ashton Kutcher's debut as Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men on CBS.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug122011

Charlie Sheen Roastmaster Revealed

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The official Roastmaster for The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen will be Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

For some comedy fans it may seem an odd choice, considering Comedy Central's official "Roastmaster General," Jeffrey Ross, livened up some of the dates of Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth tour by roasting him onstage earlier this year.

The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen will be shot on Sept. 8, but airs on Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET -- an hour after CBS' season debut of Two and a Half Men, starring Sheen's replacement, Ashton Kutcher.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul052011

Charlie Sheen Roast to Air on Comedy Central -- on Same Night His Sitcom Replacement Debuts

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will be the subject of the next Comedy Central celebrity roast -- and it will air on the same night Ashton Kutcher makes his debut as Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men.

"You could say I've been providing kindling for this roast for a while," Sheen said. "It's time to light it up. It's going to be epic," said Sheen in a statement.

The roast will air Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET -- an hour after the season debut of Two and a Half Men on CBS.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar032011

Stars Lining Up to Roast Donald Trump

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A host of stars are coming out to roast Donald Trump. The reality show star and business mogul will get the business from celebs including Larry King, Snoop Dogg, Marlee Matlin and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, as well as comics including Jeffrey Ross, Whitney Cummings, and Lisa Lampanelli, when the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump tapes at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday, March 9.

The show, which will be hosted by Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane, will air Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time on Comedy Central.

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Sunday
Oct102010

Legendary Comics Appear in Never-Before-Seen Videos

Photo Courtesy - The Friars Club Roasts(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time, the Friars have made available online "The Classic Friars Club Roasts," a DVD box set featuring roasts of legendary comedians Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and Johnny Carson.

Video of the roasts is accompanied by a DVD of previously unseen outtakes. Almost a half-century has elapsed since these shows aired originally, and the pop-cultural artifacts have never been made available to the public until now.

"Thanks to the Friars Club roasts, America's comics were acknowledging humanity's intrinsic comic baseness rather than ignoring it,” writer Greg Beato said. “Finally, they were using their comic skills to push against the bounds of propriety, instead of merely tickling the public with childish euphemisms and coy innuendo. Cursing with abandon, reveling in their unconstrained crudity, erstwhile Catskills tumblers elevated themselves, at least temporarily, from jokers to truth-tellers."

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