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Justin Bieber and the History of the Roast

Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber - Arrivals
Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic Justin Bieber attends the Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber

How the tradition of honoring people by humiliating them got its start

On Monday night, schadenfreude-lovers can tune into Comedy Central to watch Justin Bieber get honored by means of humiliation.

The teen-dream-turned-angsty-20-something is the latest victim/guest of honor of a comedy roast, which will air at 10pm EST but was filmed earlier this month. Though Bieber’s a very modern target, the ribbing he’ll endure is a tradition that has a century-old history.

In the early 20th century, testimonial dinners held to praise an invited guest were all the rage among clubs and organizations.

“They were huge,” says Barry Dougherty, historian and head roast writer for the Friar’s Club, the fraternal and funny organization famous for hosting roasts. “But when other organizations had these things, they would be nice. Because of our particular group of friars, who were sharper vaudevillians, they would be witty, smart and sarcastic. They would make jabs.”

Dougherty says that the club, founded in 1904, probably had its first testimonial turned (not-yet-named) roast in 1907. A 1910 headline in the New York Tribune documented the early days of the unorthodox dinners with the headline: “FRIARS KID MR. HARRIS: Veteran Theatrical Manager Butt of Jokes at Dinner.”

“It was a new thing, no one ever thought to do it before,” Dougherty tells TIME, adding that other organizations started jumping on the sarcastic bandwagon. But the dinners started to get out of hand.

“[The roasters] kept upping the ante,” Dougherty says, and over the years the jokes got more and more extreme. “When you got to the ’40s [the friars] wondered if they should put the breaks on it or have a separate event, all roasting, no nice stuff.”

They went with the latter.

The first official roast, so named because of the many times a guest of honor would get “burned,” occurred in 1949. The subject was French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier. While many of the roasts were initially only open to men — when Humphrey Bogart was roasted in 1955, his wife sent them a tape that played her message, “This is Lauren Bacall, the uninvited guest, you rat bastards” — they would later open their doors. Lucille Ball was roasted in 1962.

In 1998, the Friar’s Club partnered with Comedy Central to air the roasts on television. While the two have since parted ways, both organizations now regularly hold roasts of their own. Though more roasts may mean more humiliation, it’s a win for the rest of us: The more celebrities we get to see cringe, the better.

TIME viral

Why Jay Z, Rihanna and Kanye Have Gone Blue on Twitter

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Elsa—Getty Images Rappers Sean Combs and Jay Z attend the 2015 NBA All-Star Game

No, it's not for charity

Jay Z has prompted musicians to turn their Twitter avatars and Instagram photos into a square of solid bright blue Sunday night — and it has nothing to do with Blue Ivy.

Musicians are going teal to support Jay Z’s new music streaming service called Tidal. Details are still sparse, but Tidal is marketing itself as an artist-friendly streaming experience. Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal last year explaining that she was pulling her music from Spotify because artists weren’t properly compensating.

“Together, we can turn the tide and make music history,” Kanye West tweeted.

Here’s who else is joining in:

More details to come Monday at 5 EST.

TIME Food & Drink

Easter Egg Cookies Recalled For Containing … Eggs

Yes, really

Well here’s an ironic food recall for you.

Silver Lake issued a voluntary recall Friday for Easter Egg Cookies because they contained eggs. The company hadn’t declared the ingredient in the “nutrition facts” section of its label.

According to the FDA release, “People who have an allergy or a severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these cookies. The cookies are safe for consumption by those who do not have egg allergies.”

No illnesses have been reported yet.

TIME Television

What to Know About the New Daily Show Host Trevor Noah

A comedian gets his first big gig

South African comedian Trevor Noah was officially named Jon Stewart’s successor as host of The Daily Show on Monday.

While most Americans know little about Noah, the comedian is very well known in his home country. Here he is below on the cover of GQ South Africa.

Noah was born in South Africa to a black mother and white father in 1984. “I was born a crime,” Noah said on the Artie Lange show in 2013. “My mom used to get arrested for being with my dad. She would get fined. She would spend weekends in jail.”

At 18, Noah had a small role in a South African soap opera called Isidingo. He then went on to have a bevy of hosting gigs, including a radio show, an educational show, a gossip show, a sports show and a dating show. (He was a contestant in a celebrity dance show, too.)

As a comedian, he has toured around the world and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show.

Noah made his first of three appearances on The Daily Show in December. The South African comedian’s segment played off people’s stereotypes of African countries by comparing racial and socioeconomic inequality in his hometown with America.

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George R.R. Martin Won’t Write for Game of Thrones Season 6

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Steve Jennings—WireImage George R.R. Martin Writer/Co-Executive Producer attends HBO's "Game Of Thrones" Season 5 San Francisco Premiere

He is using the time to finish the sixth book in the series

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin announced on his blog Friday that he will not be contributing to the sixth season of the HBO show.

Martin wrote that “after wrestling with it for a month or so,” he decided that he will instead spend his time working on Winds of Winter, the sixth novel in the series.

“Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels,” Martin explained.

“And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. Writing a season six script would cost me a month’s work on WINDS, and maybe as much as six weeks, and I cannot afford that.”

He’s also not contributing to season five.

The final book in the series is currently set to come out after the television series culminates.

[h/t: NYMag]

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Jamie Foxx Blasted for ‘Transphobic’ Bruce Jenner Jokes

attends the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards - press room held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Michael Tran—2015 Michael Tran Jamie Foxx attends the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Foxx was hosting the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Jamie Foxx is under fire for telling jokes during his opening monologue at the iHeartRadio Music Awards Sunday night about Bruce Jenner’s reported — but unconfirmed — transition to living as a woman.

“We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances,” the host said. “He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself.”

Foxx added: “Look, I’m just busting your balls while I still can.

The reaction on Twitter was swift and sharp.

TIME U.S.

Breakdown of Classic New York Roller Coaster Forces Riders to Climb Down By Foot

Workers assist thrill seekers on the Luna Park Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster after it got stuck on its inaugural run of the Summer 2015 season, on March 29, 2015 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Richard Levine—Demotix/Corbis Workers assist thrill seekers on the Luna Park Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster after it got stuck on its inaugural run of the Summer 2015 season, on March 29, 2015 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"It was terrifying," one rider said

Thrill-seekers had a scarier ride than anticipated Sunday when the legendary Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster in New York got stuck on its first run of the season.

Staff members were forced to spend Luna Park’s opening day assisting shaken roller coaster riders climb down the wooden structure by foot. “It was terrifying, because I was up there and everything was spinning,” Gabriella Centeno told NBC after taking the long climb down. “I’m scared of heights.”

The amusement park staff said the coaster had been tested in preparation for opening day.

[NBC]

TIME Television

Watch John Oliver Take a Stand Against April Fools’ Day

"Anyone who is excited for April Fools' Day is probably a sociopath"

John Oliver says it’s time America takes a stand against April Fools’ Day.

“Anyone who is excited for April Fools’ Day is probably a sociopath, because what they’re really saying is, ‘I cannot wait to hurt the people close to me,'” Oliver said in a Web video Sunday, with his show Last Week Tonight off for the week.

So raise your hand and promise to refrain from posting any fake Facebook engagement announcements or perpetuating any celebrity death hoaxes.

Watch the full segment below.

TIME World

Here’s How a Germanwings Pilot Reassured Scared Passengers the Day After the Crash

A Germanwings Airbus A320 is seen at the Berlin airport, March 29, 2014. An Airbus plane of the same model crashed in southern France en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, on March 24, 2015 police and aviation officials said.
Jan Seba—Reuters A Germanwings Airbus A320 is seen at the Berlin airport, March 29, 2014. An Airbus plane of the same model crashed in southern France en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, on March 24, 2015 police and aviation officials said.

A woman on board explains a pilot's heartfelt message

The morning after Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps—before any real details were known about the state of the plane or co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ mental state—Britta Englisch hesitantly stepped onto a Germanwings flight from Hamburg to Cologne.

As soon as she walked onto the plane, she and the other passengers were personally welcomed by the pilot, who assured them that he’d get them to their destination safely. Englisch praised the dedicated pilot and crew on Germanwings’ Facebook page Wednesday night, and her heartfelt post has since gone viral—accumulating some 300,000 likes in less than two days.

“This flight was the morning after the crash—at this time no details were known and everything was mere speculation,” Englisch, who lives in Hamburg, tells TIME via email. “Logically it was pretty clear to me, that Germanwings might have been the safest airline at that morning—they doublechecked every plane and pilots and crew were free to choose if they were feeling able to fly or not. Nevertheless I had this feeling in my stomach. Feelings are not logical, are they?”

But her worry subsided after the pilot personally welcomed people as they boarded the plane. “If someone made an uneasy impression, he talked to them,” says Englisch, a PR manager at Stage Entertainment.

After boarding was complete, rather than going into the cockpit, the pilot took a microphone and began to address his passengers.

“He introduced himself and his crew, talked about how he felt—that some of the crew knew someone on the plane, that he also had a slight uneasy feeling not knowing what happened,” Englisch recollects. “[The pilot continued that] he and the crew are there voluntarily, that the company didn’t force anyone to be on duty that day, that he double-checked the plane this morning. [He said that] he has family, kids and a wife who he loves, that the crew has loved ones and [that] he’ll do everything to return safely to them every evening.”

For a moment everyone was silent.

“No one was checking his phone for the last time or reading the papers,” Englisch says, noting that that is unusual for a commuter flight full of businesspeople. “And then everyone applauded.”

Englisch didn’t intend for her post, supporting the grieving airline, to gain so much attention.

“It was just one post amongst thousand others and it was meant to say thank you to the pilot for not hiding in the cockpit but letting us be part of his feelings.”

Here is her post:

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TIME Food & Drink

New Line of Sriracha Snacks Will Be the ‘Real Deal’

Sriracha Ordered By Department Of Public Health To Hold Shipments For 35 Days
Scott Olson—Getty Images Bottles of Sriracha hot chili sauce

Hummus, croutons, and chips to be flavored with the original Huy Fong Sriracha

In the coming months, lovers of the red rooster will be able to buy Huy Fong Foods Sriracha hummus, croutons, tortilla chips, potato chips, and actual Sriracha spice to season your own food with, Yahoo reports.

Thought some of these items already existed? Not quite.

While companies like Lays have created snacks with Sriracha flavoring, any true hot sauce connoisseur knows that there is only one true Huy Fong Sriracha — which recently partnered up with Pop! Gourmet Foods.

“McCormick does a Sriracha seasoning, but it’s not Huy Fong,” Pop! founder and CEO David Israel told Yahoo. “With us, you’re getting the real deal.”

The official Sriracha seasoning will be available April 20.

The two companies already rolled out Sriracha popcorn earlier this year.

[Yahoo]

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