Alec Baldwin: The semi-roast cometh.
Spike just announced a “One Night Only: Alec Baldwin” special that promises a comedic walk down memory lane for the Massapequa native, although perhaps not quite the scatological stroll some of those (in)famous Comedy Central roasts have served up in recent years to stars like Rob Lowe, Justin Bieber and (in 2011) the current president.
In a statement, Casey Patterson, executive producer of “One Night Only” — which will tape at the Apollo Theater in late June and air July 9 — said, “When we spoke about this event he said ‘you overestimate the number of friends I have’ and I replied ‘you underestimate the number of people that will line up to have fun at your expense.’ It will be that kind of night, love and laughs.”
Baldwin: “I am dreading this. I am truly dreading this. But if Tracy Morgan is coming, it’ll be OK. Is Tracy coming?”
(Answer: How could he not?)
Spike’s “One Night Only” has been around for years, notably (and memorably) featuring Don Rickles in 2014 and Eddie Murphy in 2012. Unlike the CC roasts, these tend to be long (more than an hour and a half) and more on the celebratory side than the defamatory one. They also include testimonials and clips, and lots of both. Spike says the “One Night Only” special will have “film packages, music, candid personal stories and a few surprises for the superstar.”
Baldwin is having what is known in pop culture as a “moment.” His Donald Trump impression on “Saturday Night Live” will be re-expressed as a book (“You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump”) he’s writing with Kurt Anderson and will be published in November. Baldwin’s own memoir, “Nevertheless,” arrives next month, while the movie “Downsizing,” also starring Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz, launches in the fall.