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Comedy Central roasts: A brief history

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(Frank Micelotta / ImageDirect)
In 2001, comedian Tommy Davidson portrayed Sammy Davis Jr. at the New York Friars Club Celebrity Roast honoring Hugh Hefner(Frank Micelotta / ImageDirect)
Roastmaster Paul Shaffer is held aloft by dancers at the New York Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase in 2002. Chase does not have fond memories of the event: “I didn’t know how sensitive I was till I went through that. But I got over it.” (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images)
In 2005, Courtney Love, left, nearly took over the roast of Pamela Anderson with her outrageous behavior. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images)
Roastee William Shatner sits in a “Star Trek” captain’s chair during his 2006 skewering. (Chris Polk)
Flavor Flav got the royal roast treatment in 2007. (Jason Merritt / FilmMagic)
Comedian Bob Saget stood up to take his roasting in 2008. (Comedy Central)
Larry the Cable Guy puts up his dukes during his 2009 roast . (Comedy Central)
Joan Rivers laughs onstage during her 2009 roast. (Mark Davis / PictureGroup)
David Hasselhoff sits center stage in a lifeguard chair as he is roasted in 2010. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)