Bruce Forsyth set to get 'comedy roasted' on Channel 4 show
Tim Clark20 February 2010
Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth is set to appear on a Channel 4 tribute show next month where he will be ‘comedy roasted’ by fellow celebrities and comedians.
The 81-year-old showbiz veteran agreed to appear on the U.S.-style show where an individual is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults by family, friends, fans and well wishers.
The format - which was first developed at The New York Friars' Club and has held private ‘comedy roastings’ since the 1920s – and is considered an honour.
An industry insider told the Daily Mirror: "Comedy Roasts will be a black-tie event harking back to the tradition of the New York Friars' Club of the 1920s where Roasts first began.
"Just like then, the victims are subjected to a mix of insults, tall-tales and genuine tributes from friends. Brucie loved the idea."
In the U.S. Comedy Central has previously 'roasted' Pamela Anderson live on television alongside Joan Rivers and William Shatner.
Guests on the Channel 4 show, which is set to be hosted by Jimmy Carr, include Alan Carr, Sean Lock, Jack Dee Jerry Springer and Louis Walsh.
Bruce's own roasting is set to air on Channel 4 on March 10th.
- Commissioners and TV executives
- Shaun of the Dead lives again - thanks to Edgar Wright
- Parkinson's comedy charity viral MichaelJFoxNews.com stirs up taste issue
- Pegg and Frost's The World's End trailer released
- Rory McGrath arrested over assault
- Richard Herring to launch paid video podcasts
- Alexander Bennett
- Alice Fennell
- Simon Pegg and Nick Frost hint at possible NZ film
- Paul Foot wins Sydney Comedy Festival prize