ELKTON — The town’s first-ever comedy roast has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 4, and the man of the evening at the center of all the jokes will be none other than Mayor Rob Alt himself.
The Elkton Chamber & Alliance will host the “Comedy Roast of Mayor Rob Alt” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at town hall, located at 100 Railroad Ave. in Elkton. Tickets cost $35 per person, and include a beef and beer dinner which starts at 6 p.m. followed by the roast at 7 p.m.
Rob Massimiano, owner of Tidewater Tattoo Studio and the emcee for the event, said there’s nobody more qualified to be made fun of during Elkton’s inaugural roast.
“He’s the obvious target,” Massimiano told the Whig in February. “First, there’s the visual. Second, he’s so well-known and he’s got his hand in so many different things that there are many targets to choose from if you want to give him a good ribbing.”
Alt, too, is gung-ho about the humorous tone of Elkton Alliance’s new event.
“They felt to kick this off correctly, what better person than the mayor of Elkton to be the first one that gets laughed at,” he said in a February interview with the Whig. “I was fine with it.”
For Elkton’s roast, Alt got to pick his own panel of six close friends who will be dealing comedic jabs at the mayor.
“I’m picking my own poison,” he said.
The roasting panel will feature Cecil County Council President Bob Meffley; Elkton Police Department Capt. Joe Zurolo; Elk River Brewing Company owner Brad Carrillo; Bathon Builders owner Larry Bathon; and two other of Alt’s friends, Dave Wiseman and Mark Maniso.
When he was selecting the group who would be roasting him, Alt said he wanted the best of the best to be dishing out the jokes.
“I chose some friends of mine that I think are pretty witty,” he said. “They’re going to be in front of an audience and I think that they can deliver some one-liners at me that I think can keep the audience pretty happy and laughing.”
The roasters differ in how and when they came into Alt’s life — from high school to college to working together in Elkton — but Alt said they all will have a range of great stories to tell.
In addition to being the subject of the roast, Alt is looking forward to throwing the jokes right back at his roasters.
“I get to fire it back at these guys,” he said. “They’re going to roast me first, but I get the last laugh and I’m going to zing them a little bit.”
Massimiano said folks should come out to support the Elkton Alliance during an evening that he said is sure to bring lots of laughs.
“It’s going to be a really good time, I guarantee it,” he said. “I’ve been talking to the guys. They’ve been doing their homework.”
Alt said he is looking forward to being the man of the hour, and he hopes the event turns into an annual occurrence.
“I was honored to be the first person roasted, and I hope that this could be something that we could really do a really nice tradition once a year with the Elkton community,” he said.