After twenty phenomenal years as Dean of the Friars Club, Freddie Roman’s term has come to a well-earned completion. It will be difficult to see Freddie step down. His leadership, guidance and passion saw the Friars Club through some of its most sublime years.
During his tenure, the Friars solidified its legendary Roasts as the most talked about and imitated event in entertainment by bringing it to live television. His his day‐to‐day involvement on the Board of Governors will be sincerely missed. But we are thrilled his friendship and humor will remain an essential ingredient as the Club's Dean Emeritus.
We are proud to announce that Friar Larry King will assume the duties of Dean. We are absolutely certain he will fill Freddie's larger than life shows as adeptly and professionally as he conducts his distinguished interviews.
Mr. King was the Abbot of the California Friars Club and knows full well the scope of his duties in running the premier entertainment organization in the world. We are honored to work with him and welcome his contributions in taking the Club into its next era.
We bow to Freddie, and thank him for his tireless efforts in securing the Club for the new millennium and beyond. To Larry we proudly pass the mantle of leadership and we look forward to collaborating with him on future endeavors.
Jerry Lewis, Abbot
Michael Gyure, Executive Director