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Dean Martin Dean Martin Celebrity Roast - This NBC award show had its origin on THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW/NBC/1965-74 which featured a segment called "Man of the Week Celebrity Roast" (first telecast in 1973). Seated at a banquet table, one by one the guest of honor was affectionately insulted about his career by his fellow celebrity friends. Now some wouldn't consider being insulted much of an award, but it was all done in fun.

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts were a fixture on the NBC Thursday night lineup from 1973 to 1984. Celebrities roasted included such legendary stars as Lucille Ball, Redd Foxx, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Fran Sinatra, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, Mohammad Ali, George Burns, Jackie Gleason, John Wayne and Orson Welles.

Don Rickles, a favorite funny man and prankster attended many of these functions. Some of his classic insults included: "Come right in Frank (Sinatra). Make yourself at home...Hit somebody!"

Sinatra once said of Rickles, "I like Don Rickles, but that's because I have no taste."

Peter Falk as Columbo jokes with Franks Sinatra
Peter Falk as Columbo
jokes with Frank Sinatra

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