How do you like your warlock roasted?
The Comedy Central roasts, much in the tradition of the old-school New York Friars’ Club ones, have seen some of pop-culture’s biggest names put their sense of humor to the test as they’ve been dragged through the hot coals by some of their closest friends, today’s up and coming comic stars, or washed-up has beens who are looking to get their name back out there. Pam Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, and Donald Trump are just a few of the chosen that have been called upon to be humiliated in front of a live studio audience by their pop culture peers. But never have so many comedians been chomping at the bit to be given a stage to roast so easy a target.
Tonight marks the world broadcast premiere of the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, a man who we’ve seen go from making millions an episode on a mediocre sitcom to living with a pair of goddesses and claiming to be a warlock, a rock star from Mars, and to have tiger blood running through his veins. Yes, Charlie will be an easy target indeed.
Serving as Roastmaster for the third time is Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame and this move has many calling for him to become the official host of these events, although I’m sure Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross, who is amongst tonight’s panel of roasters (like it was ever in doubt), might have something to say about that. Also on the panel is Jon Lovitz, William Shatner, Mike Tyson, Kate Walsh (Yeah, the one from Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t know why she’s there either), Amy Schumer (who?), Anthony Jeselnik (see previous roaster parentheses), Steve-O from Jackass, and Patrice O’Neal who finally caved in and decided to do a roast.
Suffice to say, like in previous roasts, some people will bring their A-game and others will bomb horribly (although I was there and can attest to the fact that no one bombed as badly as “The Situation” during Trump’s roast, he reached a whole new comedy low that will not be seen again for generations to come). You probably think you can tell from the list of roasters who should do well and who shouldn’t. But you’d be wrong. Trust me when I say that some people will surprise you, or at least they hired really good writers to surprise you, while others will shock you with how little their shock humor works when dealing with a subject like Charlie Sheen.
All in all, for the most part the show is a good, solid laugh so if you’re interested in seeing one of Hollywood’s elite get completely trounced in-between a lot of censored swear words, then be sure to tune in tonight at 10 PM ET/PT to Comedy Central.