Mario Batali sat down on a stately-looking red velvet and walnut chair – the hot seat - this past November 7th, and, as advertised, he was thoroughly “Roasted, Battered & Fried” for the New York Comedy Festival at Capitale in New York City. All proceeds from the event benefited the Food Bank for New York City, the city’s primary supplier of food for the hungry. A star-studded lineup was on hand to take part in the festivities, including actor Stanley Tucci, chefs Emeril Lagasse & Anthony Boudain, comics Mario Cantone, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Artie Lange, Nick DiPaolo & Greg Giraldo, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ s Ted Allen, and master of ceremonies Lewis Black.
The hilarious event represented the official kick-off charity event for the six-day festival. A cocktail reception began the event at 6:30 PM, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM and the roast at 8:45 PM. Proceeds from the evening assisted the Food Bank’s ongoing mission to end hunger in New York City. The Food Bank for New York City helps provide the food for more than 250,000 free meals served each day by more than 1,200 nonprofit community food programs in the five boroughs. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 67 million pounds of food and was recognized as the 2004 Food Bank of the Year by America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network. For more information, visit www.foodbanknyc.org.
Some of the best lines of the evening clearly belonged to Mr. Bourdain, Artie Lange, and Ted Allen, yet some of the funniest lines were a bit too “strong” to be printed here! It should be noted that Mr. Batali, who has already done so much for Food Bank, put his butt on the line and was an extremely good sport throughout the evening, yet at the end of the show he had some of his own “zingers” to fire back at the comics in attendance! We now bring you a few of the best “printable” jokes.
"I think that the reason Mario likes hanging out with Nascar
fans is because it’s the only place where he feels like the skinny one."
"But even as a child Mario never fit in. . . elevators."
"The great thing about roasting Mario Batali. . . self basting."
– Anthony Bourdain
The best thing about me being with you is that for once nobody
can blame me for farting.
– Insult Dog