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New York Friars Club Book of Roasts

Roast-Joke writer for nearly a decade, Dougherty turns the raunchiest, most brutal zingers into a literary laugh-fest in this year-by-year summary (from Clyde Fitch in 1907 to Jerry Stiller in 1999) of the infamous club’s roasts and dinners honoring comedy’s best.
                                                                – Entertainment Weekly
                                                                Review of New York Friars Club Book of Roasts

Chances are, if you’ve caught any one of the past three Friars Club roasts on Comedy Central, you didn’t just watch the cruel hilarity–you memorized those raunchy jokes for your own future use. But long before members of the press were invited, the members of this crazy club were getting together for annual dinners honoring a chosen entertainer of the day. Barry Dougherty is the first to put together a collection of all those priceless moments you missed, from Neil Simon hoping for a little sympathy by entering the ballroom for his roast in a wheelchair to Frank Sinatra toasting Dean Martin by taking endless jabs at his rep as the drunkest rat in the pack.
                                                                – Time Out NY
                                                                Review of New York Friars Club Book of Roasts

This book, is hysterical, and frankly, filthy.
The cool thing about this book is you’ve got tons of actual text from the roasts and almost nobody got to see these things live, you almost have to have a secret handshake, don’t you, to read this thing?

                                                                – Steve Cochran – WGN (Chicago)