Ready to be roasted: Alec Bald­win gets the Com­edy Central treat­ment

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Alec Bald­win can dish it out, but can he take it? The an­swer might de­pend on the oc­ca­sion ... but at least at one event, he’ll have lit­tle choice but to suf­fer oth­ers’ slings and ar­rows. The triple-Emmy-win­ning ac­tor-pro­ducer is the guest of honor at the newest “Com­edy Central Roast,” which the hu­mor-ori­ented chan­nel presents Sun­day, Sept. 15.

Sean Hayes – on whose NBC se­ries “Will & Grace” Bald­win has a re­cur­ring guest role – pre­sides over the spe­cial, taped in Los An­ge­les on Sept. 7. That show’s De­bra Mess­ing also is present on the dais, as are Robert De Niro, Cait­lyn Jen­ner, Joel McHale, Chris Redd, Blake Grif­fin and roast sta­ple Jeff Ross.

A 17-time host of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Bald­win surely has a sense of hu­mor, as he’s also shown the past sev­eral years as the host and an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of ABC’s re­vival of “Match Game.” Ear­lier, he made a TV-com­edy mark as net­work ex­ec­u­tive Jack Don­aghy on NBC’s “30 Rock” ... and he might have reprised that role in a show from re­turn­ing ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Tina Fey and Robert Car­lock that would have made Don­aghy the mayor of New York. Bald­win ul­ti­mately turned it down, and it’s be­ing re­worked for Ted Dan­son to play Los An­ge­les’ mayor.

The Com­edy Central Roast comes at the start of a week when TV of­fers an­other dose of Bald­win. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Starz de­buts the movie “Drunk Par­ents” – cast­ing Bald­win and Salma Hayek as a cou­ple who sud­denly find them­selves liv­ing well be­yond their means, and strug­gling to af­ford their daugh­ter’s uni­ver­sity tuition.

And there will be more of Bald­win soon: He’ll in­ter­view Henry Win­kler when “In­side the Ac­tors Stu­dio” resur­faces on Ova­tion in mid-Oc­to­ber. He’s also con­tin­u­ing his movie work, one of his planned projects be­ing “The Boss Baby 2,” an an­i­mated se­quel that will re­turn him to voic­ing ... well, an in­fant who’s pretty bossy (lit­er­ally) for his age.

For now, though, it’s about Bald­win grin­ning and bear­ing it, which Com­edy Central and a cast of real char­ac­ters are set to make him do.

Alec Bald­win

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