This is the second time in their 112-year history that the Friars will roast a film producer, with the first being Louis B. Mayer, the founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
“It’s an honor the Friars Club has deemed me worthy of roasting,” Weinstein said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to a memorable lunch with friends and colleagues – many of whom I’m sure have been waiting for this day – but I’m truly flattered to be supporting the incredible work of the Friars charitable endeavors.”
In accepting the invitation, the studio executive joins roastees Humphrey Bogart, Milton Berle, Johnny Carson, Lucille Ball, Sid Caesar, Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, and Quentin Tarantino.
“Harvey truly is a giant among giants and I am absolutely delighted that he has accepted our most heartfelt honor: the Friars Roast,” Friars Club’s Abbot, Jerry Lewis said.
The Weinstein event will take place during this year’s New York Comedy Festival.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Friars Club on such an iconic event as the Friars Roast,” said Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival, and a Friar since 1989. “I cannot think of a better person to kick off this relationship with the Friars than with roasting an entertainment industry legend like Harvey Weinstein.”