Hey pallies, likes today is yet 'nother great great day of Dino-remembrance, for likes it was on this day, September 24, 1973 that the Dean Martin Variety Show was transformed into"The Dean Martin Comedy Hour." The Dino-show moved to Friday nights after eight years on Thursdays, and the major change was to feature a "Roast of the Week," modeled after the popular Friars Club roasts, with Ronald Reagan as the first guest.
Likes through the marvelous magic of youtube, we share with you below that first roast hosted by our most beloved Dino and featurin' pallies likes Jackie Vernon, Phyllis Diller, Dom DeLuise, Pat Henry, Jack Benny, and many others. Our Dino is truly truly in his prime givin' out wise cracks between introducin' all the shinin' stars honorin' Governor Ronald Reagan.
"The Dean Martin Comedy Hour" lasted only one season, but the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts" became a series of specials on NBC that lasted until 1984. Enjoys the roast below as we celebrate this day in the life, times, and teachin's of our one and only Dino! Dino-reportin', DMP