Zingers fly every which way during mock-fest
New YorkQuentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman drank wine straight out of her shoe at the New York Friars Club Roast, held at the Hilton on Dec. 1. The event honored the “Inglourious Basterds” filmmaker, who was joined on stage by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Griffin, Brett Ratner, Richard Belzer and his dog, among others. Roastmaster Samuel L. Jackson didn’t escape the mock-fest, and was oft-identified as either Laurence Fishburne or Denzel Washington. But most of the jokes were leveled at the man of the hour, and the best came from Jeffrey Ross, who disclosed, “Tarantino’s an old Italian word, it means plagiarism.” It didn’t stop there. “You changed the face of cinema,” Ross added. “I just wish cinema would return the favor.” When it was his turn to speak, Tarantino thanked the Friars Club for doing something different this year. “The no comedian thing? It’s kind of interesting, right?” he said. “It didn’t hurt so bad.” Outside the Hilton, Sarah Silverman said the Tarantino gala coincided with a big day for her: “What better way to celebrate your 40th birthday than to be called a whore and a hack? It’s a big comedian birthday, I’m very proud of it.”
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