Comedy Central Roast: Wikis


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Comedy Central Roast
Genre Comedy
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 8
Running time 90 minutes
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run August 10, 2003 (2003-08-10) – present

The Comedy Central Roasts are a series of celebrity roast specials which air on the Comedy Central cable network.



Between 1998 and 2002, Comedy Central produced and televised the annual roasts of the New York Friars' Club. After the original five-year agreement expired, the network instead began making their own roasts in the same spirit.[1] The first, featuring roastee Denis Leary (and produced by Leary's production company, Apostle), aired on August 10, 2003. The roast was the most watched program in the channel's history, excluding episodes of South Park.[2]



Denis Leary

The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary was first broadcast on August 10, 2003. The roastmaster was Jeff Garlin.

It featured performances and roasts by Jim Breuer, Mario Cantone, Lenny Clarke, Doctor Dre, Dane Cook, Nick DiPaolo, Adam Ferrara, Michael J. Fox, Peter Gallagher, Don Gavin, Gina Gershon, Gilbert Gottfried, Ed Lover, Joe Mantegna, Conan O'Brien, Colin Quinn, Rene Russo, and Christopher Walken.

Jeff Foxworthy

The Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy was first broadcast on March 20, 2005. The roastmasters were his close personal friends from Blue Collar Comedy Tour and Blue Collar TV: Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Larry the Cable Guy.

He was roasted by Nick DiPaolo, Lisa Lampanelli, Greg Giraldo, Colin Quinn, Denis Leary, Jay Mohr, Steve Bridges as U.S. President George W. Bush, Christian Finnegan, Gilbert Gottfried as Jeff's cow, Heidi Klum, Patrice Oneal, Anna Nicole Smith, and G.E. Smith. The hip-hop group B.A.M.A. also performed their cover of "Sweet Home Alabama"

This is currently the only one of the already broadcasted Roasts not released on DVD.

Pamela Anderson


The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson was first broadcast on August 14, 2005. Joel Gallen was the program's Executive Producer; Aaron Matthew Lee was the Head Writer. Anderson was roasted by Jimmy Kimmel, who was the roast master, as well as Courtney Love, Adam Carolla, Bea Arthur, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Elon Gold, Eddie Griffin, Lady Bunny, Lisa Lampanelli, Tommy Lee, Jeffrey Ross, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick as her plastic surgeon, and a pre-taped appearance by David Spade.

William Shatner


The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner was first broadcast on August 20, 2006. His roast was Executive Produced by Joel Gallen, with Aaron Matthew Lee serving as Head Writer.

Jason Alexander acted as roast master with Andy Dick (as the "love child" of James Kirk and Spock), Farrah Fawcett, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, Artie Lange, Nichelle Nichols, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollak, Jeffrey Ross, George Takei, Betty White, and Fred Willard performing the roasting duties. Special, pre-taped, guest appearances were made by Leonard Nimoy, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Clint Howard. The Leonard Nimoy sequence which originally opened the broadcast on Comedy Central (Nimoy and Shatner were shown having an argument over the phone) was omitted from the DVD release, while many pre-taped sequences and jokes told during the roast itself were added back in after originally being cut.

Many celebrities were shown prominently in the audience, including Adrian Zmed, David Carradine, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Rene Auberjonois, Rosalind Chao, Mark Valley, Carrie Fisher, Scott Hamilton, country music star Brad Paisley, Reno 911! stars Cedric Yarbrough and Niecy Nash, and stand-up comedian Brian Posehn. Women dressed as green Orion slave girls can be clearly seen tending bar.

The tagline for this roast was: "The Shat hits the fan."

The Roast was nominated for a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.

Flavor Flav

The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav originally aired on August 12, 2007. It was hosted by comedian Katt Williams. The Roasters were Ice-T, Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dogg, Greg Giraldo, Patton Oswalt, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeffrey Ross, Carrot Top, Sommore, and Brigitte Nielsen. Celebrities such as the cast of Flavor of Love, Ron Jeremy, Nicole "Coco" Austin, and Chyna were in the audience.

The roast was produced by Joel Gallen.

Bob Saget

The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget was announced on June 26, 2008[3] and first aired on August 16, 2008.[4]

Saget's Full House co-star John Stamos was the roastmaster. The roast included Susie Essman, Greg Giraldo, Brian Posehn, Jim Norton, Jeff Garlin as fictional Full House executive producer Saul Schwartz (though he broke character at the end), Gilbert Gottfried, Jon Lovitz, Norm Macdonald, Cloris Leachman, and Jeffrey Ross.[5] Pre-taped appearances were delivered by Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black, and Don Rickles. Full House co-stars Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin, and Dave Coulier were shown in the audience along with Growing Pains star Alan Thicke, Rex Lee of Entourage and Quantum Leap star Scott Bakula throughout the roast. Artie Lange did not show at the roast because he had entered a rehabilitation center. The DVD was released on December 30, 2008.

Willie Nelson

The Comedy Central Roast of Willie Nelson was set to be produced, but taping has been postponed indefinitely.[6] It was originally scheduled to be aired on April 17, 2008.[7]

Larry the Cable Guy

The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy was taped on March 1, 2009[8] and aired on March 15, 2009. This marks the first time that a previous roastmaster has become a roastee. For the first time Lisa Lampanelli was the Roastmaster.[9] On February 12, 2009, the roasters were announced to include Nick DiPaolo, Jeff Foxworthy, Greg Giraldo, Toby Keith, Jeffrey Ross, Reno Collier, Maureen McCormick, Warren Sapp, and Gary Busey. Bill Engvall made a pre-taped appearance. This was the first time that a roast was broadcast in high-definition.

Joan Rivers

The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers was taped on July 26, 2009[10] and aired on Sunday, August 9, 2009. Kathy Griffin served as the roastmaster. The roasters included Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Mario Cantone, Whitney Cummings, Tom Arnold, Brad Garrett, Robin Quivers, Greg Giraldo, and Jeffrey Ross. Donald Trump and Don Rickles made a pre-taped appearance and Melissa Rivers came from the audience to roast her mother. Other audience members included Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Alan Thicke, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.


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