Shortly after the '81 season, Niekro hosted a roast for Sambito to benefit the Spina Bifida Association. "That's because we couldn't get Dave Smith," says Niekro. During the evening, the usual jokes were made about Sambito's ability and virility. At one point, Houston radio personality Barry Warner said, "I've always wanted to do this." He then poured a glass of water on Sambito's head. Sambito pulled out a hair dryer and started doing his hair. "It came out pretty good, too," he says. Joey Sambito is also adept at comic relief.