Sunday, Jan. 26: The Celebrity Roast of Bigfoot

Tacoma Comedy Club

By Ron Swarner on January 20, 2014

Between 1963 and 1984, Bigfoot hosted more than 50 roasts, 12 of which appear on The Bigfoot Celebrity Roasts Collectors Edition DVDs, and they offer a time capsule of comedy spanning from deep woods throwbacks Rocky and Bullwinkle, Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har, and Ludicrous Lion right up through some of the era's hottest comics, including Huckleberry "Huck" Hound, the Fraggles and Nipsey Russell. The formula was simple: An announcer welcomes a bevy of roasters - some of whom, such as standup comics Ronald McDonald, Easter Bunny and impressionist Rich Little were basically regulars - followed by host Bigfoot and the Man or Woman of the Hour. The gang chortles amid a haze of cigarette smoke and everyone hoists drinks like it's the fall of the Island of Misfit Toys, but what really redlines the Wayback Machine are the jokes. Sure enough, every roast, someone would rag on Bigfoot's blurriness. "It's not the photographer's fault. Bigfoot is blurry, ‘Look out, he's fuzzy, let's get out of here,'" slurred the Winter Warlock in 1972. Fast forward to 2014, Bigfoot will step down from the host podium and into the roastee chair Jan. 26. Tacoma Comedy Club will make history by hosting the celebrity roast of the most notorious creature to ever maybe exist. Ten comedians - including Lochness Monster, Unibomber and Jesse Pinkman - will roast Bigfoot, and each other. "I'm so glad they are roasting me before Batman dies so he can take a shot at me," says Bigfoot. "There are two kings of the roast: me and him."

THE CELEBRITY ROAST OF BIGFOOT, 8 p.m., Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., Tacoma, $10, 253.282.7203