Friars Club To Roast Jack Black
The 2013 Friars Club Roast that will take place on April 5 in New York will see Jack Black in the hot seat. The comedian will join the ranks of the organization’s most recent honorees, Betty White and Quentin Tarantino. “We only roast the ones we love, and with Jack, we love his comedy, we love his music and we love his enormous talent,” said Friars Club “Abbot” Jerry Lewis. “It’s going to be a great day for all of us!”
“What did I get myself into this time? I’m searching for a loophole in my contract, maybe there’s a way I can weasel myself out of this thing,” Black said, commenting on this recent development. “Those bastards are going to brutalize me, but Jerry Lewis assured me it’s going to be the highlight of my career, so I guess I got to go through with it” he added. Friars Club executive director Michael Gyure praised Black as one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors and comedians. “He is loved by movie and concert goers of every generation, and he is an excellent and deserving recipient of this revered tradition,” he said.Other past recipients of the honor include Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Lucille Ball and Billy Crystal.
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For the uninitiated, The Friars Club is a private club in New York City, founded in 1904 and famous for its risqué celebrity roasts. The club’s membership is composed mostly of comedians and other celebrities. It is located at 57 East 55th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in a building it calls the Monastery. Frederick F. Schrader is credited with suggesting “Friars” as the organization’s name. Following the theme, their monthly newsletter is known as the Epistle.
Officers of the Club (as distinct from the Friars Foundation) are given monastic titles: Freddie Roman is the current Dean. Jerry Lewis is the Abbot, named in 2006 during a roast in New York City. Previous Abbots have included Alan King, Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan and George M. Cohan. Michael Gyure is the Executive Director of the Friars Club and of its charitable arm the Friars Foundation. Between 1998 and 2002, the roasts were aired on Comedy Central. After 2002, Comedy Central began their own annual roasts, which are not to be confused with the Friars’ Club roasts.
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