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Last Laugh: Demolition For Beverly Hills Friars Club Building

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The former Beverly Hills home of the legendary Friars Club is being demolished despite preservationist pleas from Los Angeles Conservancy to honor the building as a "celebrity playhouse" and part of the "legacy of 1960s architecture" reports the LA Times.

Demolition, which began earlier this week at the location where "Jack Benny, Gary Cooper and other Hollywood kingpins engaged in cheeky character assassinations at lavish, alcohol-soaked dinners," is expected to conclude in a matter of days, notes the LA Times.

Once the West Coast branch of the private club for entertainers, the Beverly Hills roast-happy Friars was forced to change its name after the New York Friars won a lawsuit in 2008. Club 9900, as it was then know, closed shortly after the suit.