Done correctly a roast can be a fun way to “honor” someone. They can be funny and are unforgettable when done well. But there are some dos and don’ts when having a roast. Let us answer some questions.
First of all, who is a good candidate?
Whether it be for a birthday surprise, a retirement party or for some other occasion where there is one person being honored, a roast is perfect (as long as your guest of honor has a sense of humor!). Probably a good idea to check with them first to make sure they’ll be comfortable on stage.
Do all the "roasts" and "toasts" have to be negative?
Absolutely not. But it seems like roasts (and toasts, too) are funnier when they insult the person. If you remember, Dean Martin and Don Rickles used to host the Friar's Club roasts (or whatever it was called). They were televised, and all of the celebrities got up, one by one, and made fun of whoever was the night's honoree. So, as long as the negative comments are not hurtful and are in good fun...anything goes.
How many people do you need to make it a fun event?
Well, roasting someone at the dinner table probably doesn't qualify as a real, true roast. I remember that on my 35th birthday, my friends roasted me. As I recall, there were probably 40 or 60 people in the room. The worst teasing came from my brother, of all people, who let the crowd know that my mother liked him best. The more people in the room, the more ruckus there is. The more people who present, the more fun it is.
Is anything off limits?
Well, I should think so. Obviously, you don't want to bring up past relationships that are still lingering, or talk about how many women a man has dated...if he's there with someone new. You have to use common sense, and remember this is about being humorous--all in good fun. At my roast, an old boyfriend who I was very close to gave what would have been a very clever presentation...if I wasn't sitting next to my current boyfriend. He brought the Cleveland white pages with a new cover and said it was my autobiography listing all the men I had dated...and then fell over sideways because it was so heavy. People were on the floor laughing--except for my date! (Don't worry, he got over it.)
What if I can't think of anything to say?
There are companies that will write the roast or toast for you. Contact Adrienne for help with Roasts and Toasts. She will put together an unforgettable roast/toast for you (and you can lie and say you did it yourself...who will know?).
Another option is to “steal” one-liners from a great comic. My favorite is Rodney Dangerfield. Here are some of his best.
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