Inside Alec Baldwin's Celebrity Roast for Spike's 'One Night Only' Special
Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer each paid tribute to their former '30 Rock' co-star exactly how you would expect them to.
Sunday was quite the night at New York City’s Apollo Theatre. Old fashioned “30 on the Rocks” drinks and Schweddy Ball Bites were served, the f-bomb was dropped about every five minutes and there’s a good chance the laughter was echoing down the block, all thanks to Alec Baldwin.
The veteran actor was honored at Spike's One Night Only taping, and all the people who know him best came out to give him a pretty fiery — but loving — roast. Or, “comedic tribute,” as the network referred to it. Throughout the evening, everyone from Baldwin’s former co-stars and family members to former President Bill Clinton got up onstage to tell him what they really think of him. Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer each paid tribute to their former 30 Rock co-star exactly how you would expect them to: with Morgan telling Baldwin he loved working with him because “for the first time in my career, I wasn’t the craziest motherf—er on set,” McBrayer trying to be mean but hilariously failing and Krakowski singing a catchy tune about how Baldwin still doesn’t even know her name. (Spoiler: He really does.)
The Baldwin family also took their turns. His brothers Daniel and William let the world know just how crazy their family really is; his daughter Ireland talked about who the world knows as “the cranky, pudgy guy who moves like SpongeBob from the TV show with Tina Fey” as he playfully booed her with Schweddy Puffs; and his wife, Hilaria, reminded the world of their age difference in the best way: “Some are born a Baldwin, and others marry into the family, which means I made a choice. And you think Alec is the crazy one. I’m Alec’s second wife, and like all young women, I dreamed of one day growing up and marrying a man old enough to be my father,” she said. “Now there are advantages of being married to a man Alec’s age: For one thing, he’s a wonderful grandfather to our children.”
When Robert De Niro took the stage, he had a lot to say. The most memorable moment, though, was his impression of Baldwin, which consisted of a whole lot of expletives that will most definitely be bleeped out during the July 9 televised premiere. “I know you also do an impression of me, and lots of people do, but yours is the best I’ve ever seen. So, want me to do an impression of you?” said De Niro, before going off on a couple tangents — one mentioning the paparazzi.
Speaking of which, Kate McKinnon also touched upon that subject. Although she wasn’t there in person, there was a pretaped segment of the actress pretending to be Baldwin’s most-hated paparazzo, which featured McKinnon inserting herself into footage of some of Baldwin’s most memorable moments with commentary that had the honoree himself laughing in his seat.
Many of the show’s headliners joked that Baldwin didn’t have any friends — “Many of you are surprised to see me here admiring Alec Baldwin. Many of you are surprised to see anyone here admiring Alec Baldwin,” DeNiro said — but kidding aside, every jab ended with something heartfelt.
And Julianne Moore couldn’t even say a bad thing if she tried. “There’s something truly extraordinary about him. He’s unusually gifted both comedically and dramatically, incredibly passionate about his work, handsome, intelligent and just the right amount of hairy,” said the actress. “Plus, this is pretty much an open secret in Hollywood: If you work with him, you’re guaranteed to win an Oscar.”
In the end, Baldwin got the last word with some playful responses to everyone who did him wrong. “I’m glad all of you are here with me tonight — I assured the producers all of you wouldn’t be missing. It couldn’t have been easy for you to get here, coming all the way from obscurity,” he said during his time onstage. “Tonight has been a pretty accurate representation of my movies: very underwhelming, but at least I was greater than them.”