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A roast is an event in which an individual is subject to publicly bearing insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes. It is seen as a great honor to be roasted, as the individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a roast. The host of the event is called the roastmaster. It is also known as a burn, as one is insulted (usually a skew on what said person spoke), various peers will call "Burn!". In short, it is both the opposite and the same as a "toast". An insult is a statement or action which affronts or demeans someone. ... A tribute (from Latin tribulum, contribution) is wealth one party gives to another as a sign of respect or, as was often case in historical contests, of submission or allegiance. ... Honor (or honor) comprises the reputation, self-perception or moral identity of an individual or of a group. ... This article is about the honor; for other uses, see Toast (disambiguation). ...

The Friars Club has held celebrity roasts in private since the 1920s. Only recently has the public been invited to see them. Dean Martin hosted a series of roasts on television during the 1960s and 1970s as part of The Dean Martin Show. The humor at these broadcast tributes was far tamer than the sometimes extremely vulgar and explicit language of the private, non-televised ones. The Friars Club is a New York City club now with nationwide branches famous for its risqué celebrity roasts. ... Michael J. Fox a 21st century US celebrity A celebrity is a person who is widely recognized (famous) in a society and commands a degree of public and media attention. ... The 1920s were a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Dean Martin (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian-American singer and film actor. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The Dean Martin Show was a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974, for 245 episodes. ...

Currently on television, Comedy Central occasionally broadcasts roasts of comedians. They had a few shows inspired by the Friars Club. To date, Comedy Central has aired roasts of Drew Carey, Jerry Stiller, Rob Reiner, Hugh Hefner, Chevy Chase, Denis Leary, Jeff Foxworthy, and Pamela Anderson. (see also: List of roast TV shows) Comedy Central is a cable television channel in the United States. ... Drew Carey Drew Allison Carey (born May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an actor and comedian famous for his black-rimmed glasses. ... Jerry Stiller (born June 8, 1927) is an American comedian and actor. ... Rob Reiner as a young man Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1947 in The Bronx, New York) is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Chevy Chase Cornelius Crane Chase, better known as Chevy Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, writer and television and film actor. ... Denis Leary Denis Colin Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, writer and director. ... Jeff Foxworthy (born September 6, 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American comedian and actor who is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...

Many other organizations hold roasts now, mostly in private. But the overall tone of any true roast is supposed to be admiration and congratulations.

Anyone who is honored in such a way is said to have been "roasted".

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Comedy Central Insider - The Comedy Blog for Comedy Fans: Comedy Central Roasts (0 words)
The Roast of Flavor Flav airs this Sunday, August 12 at 10pm/9c on Comedy Central.
The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav is this Sunday, August 12 at 10pm EDT.
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The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson Uncensored - Rotten Tomatoes (0 words)
Comedy Central made history--and garnered its highest-ever ratings--when the cable channel invited busty actress Pamela Anderson to be the first female recipient of its time-honored celebrity roasts.
Perched on a white couch in a talk-show-like set, Pam proved to be a good sport as she endured hilarious insults on a variety of topics ranging from her notorious bad-boy lovers to her less-than-illustrious acting career, and, of course, those famously top-heavy assets.
This is a fansite for the Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson and he see-through shirt.
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