Dean Martin Celebrity Roast

NBC (ended 1984)



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Dean Martin Celebrity Roast

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In 1973, The Dean Martin Show was declining in popularity. So for the 1973 - 1974 season, a new feature called a "roast" was added to try to pick up the ratings. The roasts seemed to be pretty popular among television audiences. So after the show was cancelled in 1974, NBC drew up a contract with Dean to do several specials and do more roast specials. Enter The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. Starting with Bob Hope in 1974, the roast was taped in California and turned out to be a hit, leading to many other roasts to follow. In the fall of 1974, the roasts moved permanently to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. From 1974 until early 1979, in the hotel's Ziegfeld Room, stars like Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart, Joan Collins, and many others were roasted.

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  • wonderful show!

    I used to recall watching this amusing show years ago! Dean Martin was such a massive host! I really love his assertiveness no one can beat him and I'm a huge fan since then! That's why I screened every DVD shop online to get a real and good copy of this show! I'm also afraid of being scammed! Thankfully, the copy I got from dvdbooth .com which came in great quality. I can't find any kind of this show during this generation and it was nice to have a copy of it.moreless
  • incredible show!

    It's hard not to laugh at the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts because he and his friends always dig fun at each other and only Martin could deliver the hilarious spirit for all of his viewers! I have ordered a DVD copy of this show at Absolutely wonderful set. Great quality and complete episodes! I'm definitely a fan of this show and I do not get exhausted watching this one-of-a-kind-show over and over again.moreless
  • this was a very big classic show that featured one of the bigest stars at the time

    the dean martin roast was hilirous i did grow up in that time but i knew what they were talking about when i saw the show in later times. it was hilrous it featured some of the vintage stars of hollwood at the time and most of the most famous stars that would come make jokes on dean martin. it was a great show and it was due to the fact that the dean martin show was having low numbers it was funn and i enjoyed it and that is why i gave the show i what i gave it which was 8moreless
  • This is the beginning...

    Dean Martin has started something that has grown to cult status. The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast was a spin off of a segment of the Dean Martin Varity Hour. The Celebrity Roast became so popular that it became a very seprate members only club called the New York Friar's Club. The New York Friar's got together and Roasted friends and famous as an induction to the Friar's Club. Their Motto "We only Roast the Ones We Love" has carried through to today as the Friar's Club still meets annually. From 1998-2002 Comedy Central aired the annual roast, and following that Comedy Central began their own annual series of Roasts, but the true Dean Martin Celebrity Roast continues on in the New York Friar's Club which is un-televised annually.moreless
  • This was the most star-studded show on TV ever!

    Big names everywhere you looked, because everyone wanted to be on Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast! I never missed a show! This was a laugh-a-minute, & the commercials were torture, because I couldn't wait to see more of the program! Especially fun was when someone like Frank Gorshin or Rich Little would get up & do an impression of the roastee or one of the other guests! And it was always a stroll down memory lane to see some of the older participants such as George Burns or Milton Berle! Whoever thought of bringing the roasts to TV was a GENIUS!moreless

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