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Francis and Smokey Robinson
Francis and Smokey Robinson
Ariana Savalas
Ariana Savalas
David Steiner and Freddie Roman
David Steiner and Freddie Roman

Mary Wilson and Smokey Robinson
Mary Wilson and Smokey Robinson

Tracy Morgan of TVís 30 Rock and son Tracy Jr.
Tracy Morgan of TVís 30 Rock and son Tracy Jr.
Mary Wilson of the Supremes and David Steiner
Mary Wilson of the Supremes and David Steiner
FRIARS CLUB
Frivolity On Stage
Laughter At Tables

W
HENEVER Friars get together everyoneís in stitches. Even when they gather for a charity event to raise funds for performing arts groups, thereís hilarity in the air.

Thereís Stewie Stone holding forth at the Friars Foundation Applause Award Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria, regaling 600 dinner guests with his foibles.

"I remarried my ex-wife," Stewie said. "Thatís like breaking out of jail and breaking back in."

Now that heís 70, he said, sex is not on his list. Regularity is.

The crowd roared, including Jamie DeRoy, Don Buchwald, John Catsimatidis, Stewart Lane, Phylicia Rashad, Randie Levine-Miller, Irv Welzer, Leonard Wilf, Mike Stoller, Mark Simone, and Jeffrey Wiesenfeld.

Freddie Roman, dean of the Friars, came to rescue: "Stewie, you were never funnieróand ainít that a shame."

Friars can also be serious, especially at a charity. The national anthem was rendered by Ariana Savalas, the gorgeous daughter of Telly Savalas. (Remember Kojak? Iíll never forgetóit was Kojak that brought Nina and me together.)

Paul Schaffer presented the Applause Award to the legendary William "Smokey" Robinson. Smokey was an original member of Motown recordsí first vocal group, The Miracles, and a solo artist, composing major hit songs over 50 years.

Smokey, whoís marking his eighth anniversary with his wife Frances, said heís "a true advocate to get the arts back into our schools. Itís so very important to give our kids something they really love as well as their regular work."

Dinner chairman Leonard Berkeley presented the Applause Award to David Steiner, real estate developer and creator of Steiner Studios, the film and TV production facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Enough seriousness. This is a Friars affair, after all. Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABCís The View, chimed in: "Smokey, my mother got pregnant from your music. So youíre the reason Iím here."

Further on that note, Lewis Black said, "Smokey, you were the soundtrack to my puberty."

Freddie concluded the evening with an important announcement: "Will the lady who lost a seven-carat diamond ring please form a double line to the right."

 

Allen Toussaint and Chuck Jackson
Allen Toussaint and Chuck Jackson

Dominic Chianese and wife
Dominic Chianese and wife
Len Cariou, Francis Robinson and Allen Toussaint
Len Cariou, Francis Robinson and Allen Toussaint

 
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