Friday, October 24

Roker goes for broke: Fresh off her career-resuscitating grilling of va-va-veep nominee Sarah Palin, CBS anchor Katie Couric turns up at the Friars Club to take on a more difficult target: her clean-cut, beatific, Rogaine-mainlining former Today co-host, Matt Lauer. His current co-host, Meredith Viera, also joins in the fun! Al Roker (Is he fat? Is he skinny? We can never remember) serves as Roastmaster, as TV peeps Jeff Zucker, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Mike Wallace, Bryant Gumbel and Olympic celebrity swimmer Dara Torres chortle.

[Friars Club Annual Celebrity Roast Luncheon, New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, noon]

mbryan@observer.com

Friday, October 24