Muhammad Ali at 70: Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Ali (Video)

If you're like me, you love Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. So in honor of Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday, here's the Ali roast. And it has Gabe Kaplan!!! (To be fair to Mr. Kotter, he has a pretty good Floyd Patterson glass chin joke.)


A pretty decent roast, and unlike modern roasts, you know, not vulgar for the sake of vulgar (I find vulgarity funny, I'm not a prude, but the Comedy Central roasts always lose their edge after 30 minutes or so). Plus this lineup of talent is so incredibly varied -- everyone's not on the same tone all the way through.

I think my favorite part is definitely Patterson losing it on "credit to your rice." Red Buttons was just tremendous. I also really like the Georgia Engel act here; I always like when someone does comedy within their comedy at these things, like Norm MacDonald did at the Bob Saget roast, which may be among my 20 favorite things to ever happen.

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