(Above: Muhammad Ali as Dean’s “Man of the Hour.’ Photo colorized with Algorithmia)
The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts infomercials are something of a Sunday afternoon staple.
Broadcast stations and cable channels fill gaps in their schedules with those half-hour advertisements jam-packed with classic clips of Ratpackers and other celebrities skewering each other in good inebriated fun. They are the ads with ticking-clock enticements to buy the best of Dean now, before it’s too late. You’ll never see an offer this good again – or at least not until next Sunday.
If you’ve regretted heeding the call, fear not. The Best of Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Volumes One through Three will be available for streaming from iTunes starting December 11.
Each volume is priced at $14.99; individual episodes will be available for $1.99.
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts were part of NBC’s Thursday night lineup from 1973 to 1984. Over its 11-year run, a who’s who of mid-20th Century entertainment, sports and politics were roasted – or did the roasting: Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles, Ronald Reagan, Jack Benny, Muhammad Ali and Orson Welles, to name just a few. Regulars included comedians Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller and Foster Brooks.
Here, from the roast, are the unique stylings of Charlie Callas:
Volume One includes complete and unedited roasts of Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Telly Savalas, Michael Landon, Angie Dickinson, Joe Garagiola, Peter Marshall, Joe Namath and Dean himself.
Volume Two offers roasts of Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Betty White, Ted Knight, Jimmy Stewart, Valerie Harper, Danny Thomas, Dan Haggerty and Suzanne Somers.
Volume Three has Muhammad Ali, Redd Foxx, Evel Knievel, George Burns, Dennis Weaver, Gabe Kaplan, Jack Klugman, Joan Collins and the second roast of Michael Landon.
iTunes also offers The Best of the Carol Burnett Show, Volumes One through Four. Distributor Time Life promises to release additional classic shows in 2018.
For more, visit iTunes.
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