Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

April 16, 2014

What happened to the art of roasting?

By Keith Kappes - Publisher
Journal-Times

April 16, 2014 — I was channel surfing recently when I happened upon one of those late night programs selling videos of old television shows.

This one caught my attention because it was for the old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, a show that ran 10 years on NBC with some of the funniest insults ever uttered by human beings to each other.

I resisted the temptation to buy a DVD of all 54 episodes but watching a few video clips brought to mind some roasts that I have heard – or used – at such events.

My grandmother could never understand how folks could talk and joke that way with each other and not be angry.

However, I did catch her smiling at something Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, said about his dark hair.

Here are some of my favorite “roast” comments from various sources: