In 1998, Comedy Central started airing roasts held by the Friars Club of New York, before deciding in 2003 to produce its own. Since then, they've evolved into a series of annual specials that have grown in the last few years into the network's most popular offering, attracting between 2 million and 3 million viewers. In 2000, Alan King, left, and Freddie Roman, right, ganged up on Rob Reiner during his New York Friars Club Roast, presented by Comedy Central.
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