Friars Club roasted comedian Tracy Morgan last night at the former Ziegfeld Theater, now Ballroom at the Friars Club 2022 Entertainment Icon Award.
Morgan joins Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Douglas Fairbanks, Tony Bennett, Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro and, most recently, Billy Crystal.
In attendance were Mayor Eric Adams
Rudy Giuliani, Bill DeBlasio and Anthony Weiner.
Geraldo Rivera, former “SNL” cast member Chris Kattan, Alan Dershowitz, Judge Jeanine Pirro
Paul Shaffer, Natalie White, Marvin Scott, Carol Alt, Allan Houston
Ben Vereen, David DANZ Diamante, Sherri Shepherd
JB Smoove, Arthur Aidala, Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley, Carol Alt
Jamie deRoy, Riki Kane Larimer
At my table were Pat Addiss, Margarita Parlionas who invited me to attend.
Councilman Kenneth Rothwell and his wife Debbie were charming.
At the head of my table was Mark MK McLaughin, who assisted with putting the event together, getting Tracy Morgan and performing “Stand By Me.” MK got his start penning and performing on the movie score of Universal Picture Bring It On: Fight To The Finish. Shortly after MK was featured in publications like GQ Magazine, Vibe Magazine, XXL, Hip Hop Weekly and countless blogs for his collaborations and partnerships with the Colon Cancer Foundation, the NY Mets, Target Retail, Belvedere Vodka and TGI Fridays to name a few. His singing and songwriting received early approval from Hot97, iHeart radio, his songs with Shaggy and Snoop Dogg. He has performed in shows with John Legend, Flo Rida and more. From Long Island NY “MK” is now making major moves as an indie artist.
Bill Boggs, Sunny Sessa, Will Nunziata, Vincent Pastore, Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto and more.
Though this seemed like being in the room where it happened, ironically major newspapers have not written about this. Inquiring minds want to know why.
The gala was a kick-start a comeback for the Friars, whose membership has slipped from over 500 to less than 300 due to the club’s former executive director convicted of federal tax crimes in 2019.
The club was given a 501C3 according to the news by the club’s dean, lawyer Arthur Aidala,
The club has a new accounting firm, and the main dining room on the ground floor will soon be a Charlie Palmer restaurant open to the public.