5. The Clubhouse is Supposedly Haunted

Grand staircase at the Friars club

The Friars Club was a favorite spot of many famous figures who some believe may still haunt its halls. The clubhouse was even the subject of an episode of the popular television show Ghost Hunters, Season 7 episode 18 “Roast and Ghosts.” Employees at the clubhouse have claimed to see shadows and hear what sounds like the shuffling feet of an old man on the grand staircase. Much of the paranormal activity has been reported by members and staff in the George Burns Room.

One of the ghosts, some believe, may be that of the late comedian Al Kelly. In 1966, after performing at the roast of his friend Joe E. Lewis, Kelly suffered a fatal heart attack in the clubhouse. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital.