• Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese received the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • 'Their continuous good work for charity, rather than their many great triumphs on the stages of the world, is the true glory of this band of earthly angels known as the Friars.'

    Frank Sinatra, Friars Chairman 1975-1996

  • 'I'm proud to be a Friar, proud that we do more than tell jokes. As important as they are, they pale in comparison to the work we do for veterans... We raised a lot of money to help their cause, which is our cause.'

    Robert De Niro

  • 'I was surprised at first because I didn’t know there were two kinds of evenings. There’s one where you actually get fried, and the other where they honor you.'

    John Travolta

  • 'I've always wanted to come to one of these roasts, so to be the guest of honor has to be one of the best things that can ever happen to anybody.'

    Neil Simon

  • 'Well, that was the Friars Club [on the phone]. D'you think they're gonna let a jacket-stealer join? I don't think so! They're gonna charge me eight hundred dollars for the jacket, and I gotta deal with Pat Cooper!'

    Jerry Seinfeld

  • 'I have to say thank you, not for what you’ve done for me, but for what the Friars do for people who need it every day. And they have so much fun along the way.'

    Betty White

  • 'One of the reasons that I was so happy to be here for the Friars Roast, the whole prestige, the whole tradition—- it’s been so absolutely fantastic...'

    Quentin Tarantino

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The Stage Is Set

Celebrating over a century of unparalleled entertainment and fraternity


Since 1904, The Friars has been the preeminent members-only club for entertainment professionals and beyond, committed to fostering and promoting strong social and professional bonds among its membership.
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Often imitated, rarely duplicated, the Friars continue their unmatched tradition of uproarious Roasts, Celebrity Luncheons, Testimonial and Honorary Dinners, and Icon Award Shows.
Have a Laugh...


Friars have a formidable dedication to charitable endeavors and the positive impact they have on the community. Laughter is a gift they are committed to giving.
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Happenings From The Clubhouse

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." –Groucho Marx

Friars Q&A with Tom Cotter

Friars Q&A with Tom Cotter

FRIARS CLUB: You recently lit up the audience at the Friars Icon Award dinner for Tony Bennett. Was that a routine gig for you, or have you performed for bigwigs like Bennett, DeNiro, Larry King and Regis Philibin before? TOM COTTER: I’m uncomfortable with the term “Big Wigs”, because I think that is Deniro’s real ...

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A Tribute to the Legendary Allen Toussaint

A Tribute to the Legendary Allen Toussaint

By Lee T. Guzofski– There are few places in the world that can boast the ability to seamlessly transform an elegant dining room into a sweaty New Orleans roadhouse, but that is precisely what went down on Tuesday, February 2nd, as jubilant Friars paid tribute to one of their own, legendary New Orleans songwriter and producer, Friar Allen ...

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Who Says Females Can’t Be Friars?

Who Says Females Can’t Be Friars?

By Stacy Slotnick– They are all around us: Imbibing martinis in the Billy Crystal bar; bringing loads of levity to the Tuesday Comedy Series; brokering business deals in the plush poolroom. Female Friars are accomplished women who are writing, producing, performing and starring in TV shows, movies and comedy specials. They are entrepreneurs, singers, athletes, ...

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Become a Part of the Legacy

  • “I dedicate this club to art, literature and good fellowship.'

    George M. Cohan
  • 'When I was growing up, the Friars Club was my father’s second home. If only my dad could see me now.'

    Barbara Walters
  • 'I love the Friars Club with all my heart. It’s the only place I can think of where friendship, charity and show business come together as one.'

    Jeffrey Ross
  • 'The fun of the Friars Club is that it’s a very intimate, very good exercise in trust to say to a group of your friends, ‘Hey, lambaste me.’'

    David Hyde Pierce
  • 'This club means a lot... It represents so many of our dear artists that aren’t with us anymore, and guys like me who love to come back here.'

    Don Rickles
  • 'When I joined the Friars I was so excited that I called about ten people and I had them page me in the dining room. They’d say, ‘Friar Richard Lewis, Friar Richard Lewis pick up the phone.’'

    Richard Lewis
  • 'Being at the Friars I felt like I was some kid who sat in the last row watching these great people... I was there as a student almost. What the Friars do is keep that child within us alive and that’s very necessary, and no one else could do this.'

    Jerry Stiller
  • 'I was thrilled when the Friars honored me… And I was happy they had a few zingers for me, because the more they zing you, the more they care.”

    Carol Burnett
  • 'Let's face it, the great comedians now that are handicapped in the looks department are tremendous writers.'

    Jack Black

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