The Kraft Music Hall (1967–1971)
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Friars Club Roast of Don Rickles 

The New York Friars club roasts Don Rickles. Hosted by Johnny Carson.


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Danny Simon (head writer), Marty Farrell | 7 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Milton Berle ... Himself
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... Announcer
Chet Huntley ... Himself
Alan King ... Himself
Don Rickles ... Himself
George C. Scott ... Himself
Henny Youngman ... Himself


The New York Friars club roasts Don Rickles. Hosted by Johnny Carson.

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30 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Johnny Carson: Don got his start early in show business... as a heckler at telethons.
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Funny Roast of Rickles
13 March 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Kraft Music Hall: Friars Club Roast of Don Rickles (1970)

Johnny Carson is the host of this roast of Don Rickles and we get performances from Milton Berle, Dick Cavett, Alan King, Henry Youngman, Ed Herlihy and George C. Scott.

Yes, George C. Scott is part of a roast and Carson makes a great joke about him being willing to skip the Oscars yet he showed up to pay tribute to a "two bit comic." For the most part this here is a very funny roast and we get some terrific moments throughout. As you'd expect, Carson makes for a very funny host and his humor perfectly works well when going up against Rickles. For the most part all of the guests do a nice job with their jokes and I thought it was very funny seeing someone like Scott there.

The best thing about this is that the final thirteen-minutes of the show are Rickles getting payback. As you'd expect, his comic timing is just flawless and he makes for some incredibly funny jokes including some aimed at a kid sitting in the front row. If you're a fan of Rickles then you'll certainly love his section.

Episode: A-

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