Many of you have seen the Comedy Central Roasts. And most of you from the generation that still knows how to carry on a conversation have seen the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. These programs were, and are, fantastic. A dais of celebrities tearing each other to pieces for three hours in front of millions of hysterical viewers.
The jokes are often edgy, cutting, and call out one elephant in the room after another. They give us a chance to laugh at those we see plastered on our TV screens and magazines, and humanize these people in a way nothing else quite can. But as great as these programs are, it begs the question…why should celebrities have all the fun?
These pop culture icons aren’t the only ones with quirks, misadventures and hilarious anecdotes. They don’t have a monopoly on taking cheap shots at their friends and colleagues, and they aren’t the only ones whose work impacts lives across the world.
If roasts are good enough for celebrities, they’re good enough for the rest of us too!
We published a piece in BizBash about what makes a great roast, so that every day groups and companies can bring this fun, different and highly cathartic format to their own parties.
If Charlie Sheen’s tiger blood can be roasted, so can your CEO. If Donald Trump’s preposterous hairpiece can be on the blunt end of three hours of jokes, so can your top salesperson. And if Roseanne Barr can endure an evening of hysterically funny barbs, so can your aunt on her 60th birthday.
We’ve seen the power of roasts bring teams closer together, increase camaraderie, take the edge off otherwise tense workplaces. get people through divorces, honor lifetime achievers and help folks celebrate their birthdays with a splash. So why wait for a therapeutic evening of laughter? Treat your group to an event they’ll never forget.
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