Martin had chutzpah. Ā One instructive story about the singer was how comedian Lou Costello, recognizing Martin's potential, signed him to a business contract, advanced him money, and paid for his nosejob. Ā The singer then blew the comic off as his star began ascending. Ā Costello pitched a tantrum which culminated with him suing Martin for breach of contract.
As a kid I watched the roasts with my parents, and I found them funny -- until I discovered Monty Python. Ā All that tipsy behavior sure seems un-PC now. Ā Well, maybe then; I imitated Foster Brooks for a classmate once, and she was far from amused. Ā Apparently her father arrived home like that every night, displaying far less congeniality than Mr. Brooks.