While the Friars Club and Comedy Central have enjoyed ribbing and roasting their famous friends for decades, for the past four years, a group of Los Angeles comedians have gone even older school, hosting live shows around LA called “Historical Roast.”
In July, they went after JFK at Dynasty Typewriter. On Oct. 2, they’ll be roasting the recently departed wrestling icon Andre The Giant in the Belly Room of The Comedy Store.
But they have even bigger plans in store for 2019.
Netflix has ordered six half-hour episodes of Historical Roast, with comedians dressing up in costumes to zing famous people from years and centuries past. The series comes from OBB Pictures, Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross and Ross’s manager Amy Zvi. The live show’s creators — Eddie Furth, Ryan Pigg and Samee Junio — will get co-EP credits.
They say don't speak ill of the dead, but it's been almost 4 years and so far it's working out great! #Netflix
— Historical Roast (@HistoricalRoast) September 20, 2018
“People always ask me who my dream roast would be — this concept allows me to finally roast them all. Plus, I’ll be learning a lot along the way,” said Ross. “The possibilities are as long as mankind itself. Everyone from Moses to Tupac can be in the hot seat. This is one more giant step in the global roasting movement.”
“We couldn’t be happier to be creating Historical Roasts as a Netflix original series,” said OBB president Michael D. Ratner. “As we continue to expand and diversify our portfolio at OBB, it’s our mission to create incredible opportunities for both new and established talent. We look forward to showing the world our cast in these insane roles as we roast some of the most iconic people to ever live. Our motto here is certainly ‘it’s never too soon.’ ”
In the meantime, here’s how the 3rd Anniversary show of Historical Roast went down, as they pitted historical figures against each other in a battle royale, including Ben Franklin, Hitler, Helen Keller, Abe Lincoln, Walt Disney, JFK, and Marilyn Monroe.