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Ready, Set, Roast!

Steve North | Posted 07.16.2016 | Entertainment
Steve North

As the longtime "Roastmaster General" of the Friars Club and Comedy Central, Jeff Ross is typically the shocker, not the shockee. But even the comedian once described as a "one-man verbal assault unit" was stunned during an unplanned moment at the recent highly rated and hilariously raunchy roast of Justin Bieber.

2014: Year of the Funny Women -- Record 60 Women Get Last Laugh At NY Comedy Festival

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 12.22.2014 | Comedy
Beverly Wettenstein

With all due respect, this positive progress report on Women in Comedy is a tribute to Joan Rivers. She persevered to pave the path for generations of funny women. Rivers auditioned seven times over three years, before making her Tonight Show debut in 1965.

The Glitz and Glamour Captured on Camera at the Friars Foundation Gala

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 12.16.2014 | Media
Stacy Slotnick

It was business as usual for those of us helping coordinate the Friars Foundation's annual gala at New York's epochal Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, October 7.

Larry Storch: Still a Stand-Up Guy

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 08.25.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

Something wonderful is happening tomorrow (or Thursday the 26th, if tomorrow isn't Thursday where you are). Larry Storch is performing comedy in New York.

'Silver Spoons' Reunion Alert!

Posted 03.04.2013 | TV

There was a "Silver Spoons" reunion earlier in March 2013. Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray and Joel Higgins reunited at the Friars Club's “So You Think Yo...

WATCH: This Is Why You Never Heckle Comedians

Posted 02.20.2013 | Comedy

This is why you never interrupt a comedian during his or her act -- ever. Comedian Harrison Greenbaum went after a drunken "douchebag" at the Friars C...

Burton Rocks On

Rob Taub | Posted 03.19.2013 | Sports
Rob Taub

These days it's a rarity to meet someone who enjoys their job, and what's certain about Burton Rocks is his absolute love for the game of baseball.

Cruise Control

Rob Taub | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
Rob Taub

On June 12, the Friars Club and Friars Foundation honored Tom Cruise with the Entertainment Icon Award, which until now had only been given to three recipients: Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

To Jerry, With Love

Rob Taub | Posted 05.26.2012 | Comedy
Rob Taub

On my ninth birthday, my parents took me and a group of my friends to see the Jerry Lewis comedy The Disorderly Orderly. It was one of my happiest childhood memories and I've always had a special place in my heart for Jerry Lewis.

Naughty But Nice Rob

Kathy Griffin: Larry King Is Sexy! | Naughty But Nice Rob | Posted 11.15.2011 | Celebrity

Larry King's Monday night Friars Club "testimonial dinner" was meant to be a toast, not a roast. But with Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers attending, wha...

Don't "Turn the Page" Until You Hear The Rest Of The Story

April Rudin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
April Rudin

What can we do to support Wounded Warriors? One of the the many meaningful ways is through the Gift of Laughter program.

Comedy, Then and Now: Laughing With the Legends of Stand-Up From the 1800's to 2010

Steve North | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steve North

How did those who started on the stage of vaudeville halls transition into the world of radio and TV, and how are today's comics dealing with the seismic transformation wrought by digital media?

A Benefit to Support Burmese Children Refugees

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

Profits from a fundraiser will go to support the orphaned Burmese refugees housed at the Child Protection and Education Center at Mae Tao Clinic.

No Women Featured in NY Comedy Festival! No Joke!

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Beverly Wettenstein

The Primetime Emmy Awards showed that women writers on a comedy or variety series are a rare and endangered species. Only seven of the 81 writers were women.

Mr. Sulu and The One

Daniel Holloway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Holloway

My political awakening came while sitting with the most unlikely person in the most unlikely place. I was in the Billy Crystal Room of the New York Fr...