PBS Documentary Explores Legendary Friars Club


On Friday, PBS aired a 30-minute documentary on The , a legendary comedy institution, as part of their “Treasures of New York” series.

The Friars Club has been a second home to countless comedians and celebrities for decades. The Friars’ annual roasts served as the impetus for Comedy Central’s Roast shows, their highest-rated programming.

The documentary features clips from the famed Friars Roasts, whose targets have included , , , , , , and , among many more. The Friars Roasts are occasionally the source of controversy. In 1993, wore blackface to the Friars Roast of his then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg, who defended Danson’s bit. This incident is discussed in the doc.

The clips are interspersed with exclusive interviews with famous Friars, including Jeff Ross, , , , , , and . Zweibel, who co-wrote 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal, said that acceptance as a member in The Friars Club meant that “you arrived.”

Watch the full episode on the New York landmark on thirteen.org

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