NEW YORK, July 14, 2009 — COMEDY CENTRAL is paying homage to the illustrious career of comedic icon and this year’s Roastee Joan Rivers with a cavalcade of high caliber comedians who have a propensity for butchering barbs. The network announced today an all-star roster of Roasters who, along with Roast Master Kathy Griffin, are sure to keep the jabs sharp, quick and precise. The “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Joan Rivers” tapes in Los Angeles at CBS Studios – Radford on Sunday, July 26. The “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Joan Rivers” airs on Sunday, August 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
This year’s Roasters include Roast Master Kathy Griffin, Brad Garrett, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Greg Giraldo, Jeffrey Ross, Lily Tomlin, Mario Cantone, Richard Belzer, Robin Quivers and Whitney Cummings. Additional Roasters and talent will be announced.
The “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Joan Rivers” will be executive produced by Joel Gallen from Tenth Planet Productions, who also executive produced and directed the “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Larry The Cable Guy,” “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Bob Saget,” “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Flavor-Flav,” the Emmy-nominated “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of William Shatner” and the “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Pamela Anderson.” Larry Thompson will serve as co-executive producer. Elizabeth Porter is the executive in charge for the network.
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