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