Truth be told, I was attending my first ever celebrity roast. The Nite Show honored legendary Maine broadcaster George Hale, who has been on the air for over 60 years!
Danny Cashman, the host of The Nite Show was the Roast Master General, and we taped the show in the theater that once hosted The Nite Show.
We were literally roasting, Modern Philosophers. The theater was incredibly hot, and even though I wore my lightest toga, I still felt like I was tied to a spit and being slowly turned over a raging fire.
I was happy to volunteer to help out tonight because there’s no way you can live in Maine and not be a fan of George Hale. I actually have a funny story about being on George’s radio show, which I’ll share later in the post.
Danny was joined on the dais by several other Maine broadcasting personalities and comedians. I wasn’t quite sure what the expect from this crew of roasters, and Danny asked a couple of The Nite Show writers to be on hand just in case any last minute joke writing help was needed.
While I expected plenty of jokes about George’s age (I believe he is 105), the stuff on that topic was original, raunchy, mean, and hilarious.
The material definitely got a little blue, which I’m sure will present a challenge during the editing process, but it was damn funny when heard live in that sweatshop of a theater.
George gave it just as well as he got it. He knocked all of his roasters down to size, and earned plenty of hoots and hollers, and some potential fines from the FCC along the way. The King of Maine Broadcasting received a raucous, standing ovation when it was all over.
Best of all, the money raised at tonight’s roast is going to a very good cause.
And added bonus was that I got to met Dave, one of the other writers for The Nite Show. Even though we both always go to the tapings, he sits down front in the audience, while I prefer to hide in the back of the theater. It was cool to finally meet him, riff on ideas for the new season, and talk about our comedy influences.
Finally, here is my story about being on George’s radio show. It was a few years ago while I was doing a mini publicity tour for The Retirement Party (which also included a guest appearance on The Nite Show, long before I became a writer for the show).
George asked me some questions about my screenplay and the movie made from it, but he was clearly more interested in flirting with The Girl Who Was Blushing.
He just kept hitting on the gorgeous girl sitting next to me, and would then work in a question for me so I wouldn’t feel left out. Afterwards, The Girl Who I Adore was gushing over how George Hale, a man three times her age, was flirting with her.
Typical George. He just has an effect on people. Congrats on your big night, sir.
The Roast of George Hale will air in November…