Saturday, June 15, 2024

Tarantino Dirty Sexy Friars Roast: Travolta, Uma Object of Comics’ Poison Darts


Whoops! Did Uma Thurman have any idea what she was in for when she agreed to sit on the dais next to Quentin Tarantino at his Friars Club Roast?

The Oscar nominated beauty wound up getting just about as roasted as her favorite director yesterday at the annual extremely bawdy and coarse luncheon fest.

The audience: 2200 guests at the New York Hilton who paid to contribute to the Friars’ myriad charities. Among them: Howard Stern and his wife Beth, Tarantino producer Lawrence Bender, actress LaTanya Richardson (aka Mrs. Samuel L. Jackson) and dozens of New York notables.

On the dais with Quentin and Uma: emcee Samuel L. Jackson, plus special guest Jerry Lewis, Harvey Weinstein, comic Jeffrey Ross, Brett Ratner, Michael Madsen, Patricia Arquette, Danny Aiello, Robert Wuhl, Richard Belzer, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Sarah Silverman, Harvey Keitel, Whitney Cummings, Rosario Dawson, Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Simone, and Eli Roth.

Plus there were the Friars comic legends, like Freddie Roman, Stewie Stone, and the “closer,” the amazing Pat Cooper. Cooper came on at the end of nearly three hours and exclaimed, loudly, to Tarantino: “I don’t know you, I’ve never seen your movies, and who the f— cares?” He’s 82, nearly deaf, and absolutely hilarious.

One of the best lines– Stewie Stone, commenting on Cher‘s faux retirements: “When the world comes to an end, all we’ll have is cockroaches and Cher.”

Remember, Eli Roth, who told us the night before that his speech would be a “career-ender”? Almost! Roth was brutal as the kickoff speaker, but everyone who followed went right into the gutter with him. It’s a beautiful thing, the Friars Roast: dirty, politically incorrect, racist, misogynist, ugly, unprintable.

Tarantino star John Travolta, absent, was the butt of many extremely unprintable gay jokes.

Thurman endured her ribbing with incredible grace. At the end of her own speech, which was very funny, she took off her designer shoes, poured wine into them, and she and Tarantino drank from them. But she had to listen to many zetzes about her marriage to Ethan Hawke, her current billionaire boyfriend Arky Busson, and an unfavorable dissection of the movies she’s starred in.

Tarantino had to sit through long tirades about his less successful films like “Grindhouse’ and “Four Rooms.”

May I say: Jerry Lewis, 85 years young, still gives as good as he gets, was completely abashed by his two standing ovations, rose up from his seat after almost three hours and managed speak eloquently and was still hilarious.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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