Sam Levenson (December 28, 1911--August 27, 1980) was an American comedian, writer, teacher, television host, and journalist. Born Samuel Levenson, he grew up in a large Jewish immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1934. He married Esther Levine (1910-1996) and had two children, Conrad and Emily. Conrad graduated from Columbia University and is an architect living in New York and has four children. From 1949 to 1954, Levenson was a panelist on the CBS series This Is Show Business along with playwright George S. Kaufman and Abe Burrows. In 1950 he and fellow comedian Joe E. Lewis were the first members of the New York Friars' Club to be roasted. The club has roasted a member every year since the inaugural roasting.