Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts came about in the
final season of Dean Martin’s variety show (The Dean Martin Show),
when it was declining in popularity. They added a celebrity roast feature
to try to pick up the rating, which proved very popular to television audiences.
After the show’s cancellation, Martin signed a contract with NBC to do Celebrity
Roasts Specials lasting for almost a decade.

Dean Martin Celebrity Roast ran from August 1, 1974 to December 1, 1974. Famous roastees includes Michael Landon, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Gleason, Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas, George Burns, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Don Rickles, Angie dickinson, Carol O’Connor, Redd Foxx, Hugh Hefner, Wilt Chamberlain, Telly Savalas, Bette Davis, Hank Aaron, Evel Knievel, Mr. T, Mohammed Ali, and and Dean Martin himself.

A celebrity roast is an event in which a celebrity is subject to insults, praise, true and untrue unusual stories, and tributes. The celebrity is surrounded by friends, fans, and family during the roast (party and presentation). It is considered an honor to be roasted.

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