Larry King New Dean of Friars ClubBy: Kimberly Ripley - January 15, 2014
Larry King was honored at a Friars Club dinner and roast just a couple of years back, but this week the retired host of Larry King Live was named as the club’s dean. The Friars Club is well known for its raunchy roasts of numerous celebrities throughout the years. King will replace outgoing dean Freddie Roman. He will serve as dean of the club for the next few years.
So what’s involved when one is the dean of the Friars Club? Larry King will soon find himself as just one of the rulers of the hilarious–and often raunchy–roasts put on by the club. Having received a Friars Club Award back in November of 2012, King will now assist with not only the roasts, but will oversee dinners and other events put on by and for the centuries old organization.
The Friars Club is a private club formed back in 1904 for the sole purpose of hosting its often risque celebrity roasts. Most of its members are comedians or other types of celebrities.
On Tuesday of this week, the Friars Club sent out a tweet hinting at exciting things to come.
Another tweet sent out by the Friars Club on Wednesday announced that they had named Larry King as their dean.
87-year-old comedian Jerry Lewis serves as “abbott” of the Friars Club, so it’s plain to see that Larry King is in good company in his new role within the organization. Jack Benny was once a member.
“I’ve been a Friar for many years and at one time served as Abbot of the Friars of Beverly Hills. I am honored to be asked to be Dean of the Friars,” King said in a statement. “I grew up in Brooklyn, so this is like coming home. It’s a great group with an important foundation that serves in many areas. So now — I’m Dean!”
It must be quite an honor for Larry King to be acknowledged by this group, comprised of many comedians. Surely someone found some humor in what the TV host did during his 25 years hosting Larry King Live.
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