FOSTER BROOKS ROASTS DON RICKLES “I’M FOOLING AROUND WITH YOUR WIFE” A roast is a form of humour in which a specific individual, a guest of honour, is subjected to jokes at their expense, if done with genuine affection then then they are hilarious. The Classic Dean Martin Celebrity Roast was a NBC television show hosted by Dean Martin from 1974 to 1984. For a series of 54 specials and shows, Martin would periodically “roast” a celebrity.