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Roast Lauer, Anyone?

September 28, 2008 8:40 PM

As fans of Matt Lauer well know, the “Today” show co-anchor is a fastidious man who shies away from anything dirty. Of course, the jokes and put-downs at Mr. Lauer’s expense are certain to get D.I.R.T.Y. Oct. 24, when the Friars Club roasts him at a big-ticket luncheon in New York. “Today” jokemeister Al Roker will be the Roastmaster. Mr. Lauer’s “very nervous, actually. I talked to him about it,” said Jeffrey Ross, the raunch-ready comedian known as the Friars’ “Roastmaster General.” “He’s excited and anxious at the same time. He’s such a class act. I feel like he has a very good sense of humor. He loves comedy. I think he’s a perfect guy to roast.” The fact that the roast this year is neither televised nor open to the press may make Mr. Lauer a little less anxious, but Blink nevertheless asks the question: Does anyone make a verbal version of hand sanitizers?

—Michele Greppi


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