NEW YORK – A who's who of standup comedy, two Hollywood hellions and a pair of old flames came out for a roast of Pamela Anderson (search).
A star of the long-running "Baywatch" (search) and the current sitcom "Stacked," (search) Anderson arrived at the Sunday affair escorted by a person in a carrot suit who was wearing a http://www.GoVeg.com button.
"I'm vegetarian," Anderson explained to AP Television News. "I can't do a roast. No, that's why I brought my vegetable, so I could eat something tonight."
Anderson said she agreed to the event "because Dan Matthews came up to me from PETA (search), and Comedy Central wanted to do this, and they were going to donate $200,000 to PETA for me to do it. And I said, 'Absolutely! Roast me, boil me, poach me. Whatever you've got to do, let's get it done.'"
Among those in attendance were two of Anderson's romantic partners: model Marcus Schenkenburg and musician and ex-husband Tommy Lee (search), who performed during the show.
Last to hit the red carpet was musician-actress Courtney Love (search), sexy in a black blouse, skirt and pumps — and as fresh, feisty and funny as she's been in recent memory.
Love said she was friends with Anderson "because she's really smart, and she's really cool, and, like me, we share the distinction of being the two probably biggest freak shows on Earth, who have the most fame and the least amount of money."
Love, who pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor drug charge, added, "I'm clean and sober for over a year and no one seems to care! They're like, 'Oh, her dramatic weight gain.' So, stop making fun of me!" she shouted, smiling, as publicists pulled her away from the press and into the event. "Let me have my grace period. I'll get in shape."
Model-actress Anna Nicole Smith (search) said she, too, felt many ties binding her to Anderson. "She has a really great sense of humor. She's bubbly. People make fun of her. She just shoves it off. She doesn't care what people think about her."
Anderson, Smith added, is the first to laugh at herself — a good thing, given what some of the standup comics had in store for the night's guest of honor:
• Event host Jimmy Kimmel: "The funniest thing about Pamela Anderson? I think, well, there are so many funny things. But I do think that it's an interesting phenomenon that somebody really can be famous for being super-good looking. And that's what she and I both have done."
• Adam Carrola: "I think the funniest thing about Pamela Anderson is probably when she attempts to act. I guess, for me, that's the best part. I don't know. What's not funny?"
• Jeffrey Ross ("The Aristocrats") arrived in what looked like a full-length fur stole, something that was certain to outrage PETA pal Anderson.
"It's actually not mink, it's puppy," he joked. "And it's made from genuine road kill. So no animals were harmed on purpose. No, it's not real. We shaved ("Golden Girls" actress) Bea Arthur's back, actually."
"Comedy Central's Roast of Pamela Anderson" airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT.