James Franco's Comedy Central Roast won't die
The raucous ribbing lives on via web clips, lists and stories. But did things go too far?
There isn't enough time in the day to watch all the highlight clips from the "Comedy Central Roast of James Franco." Did we mention the roast, which aired Monday night, also birthed an endless array of stories and best of lists?
But, hey when laughter is on the menu, who can say no, especially after a long holiday weekend? Sadly, many of the clips -- which feature a lot of curse words and raunchy sex humor -- are too risqué to include in this post. You'll have to go to other sites for those. But Franco's potty mouth roasters -- who roasted him and each other -- paid off for Comedy Central. The special pulled in 3.1 million viewers.
Roasters included Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader as the President of Hollywood, Jeffrey Ross with cornrows, and Andy Samberg. Speaking of Samberg, many declared him the best lampooner because he parodied roasts, much the way Norm MacDonald did five years ago during Comedy Central's Bob Saget roast.
Samberg's bit was especially refreshing because most of the jabs taken at Franco were about his sexuality and the rumors about him being gay. Aziz Ansari also poked fun at all the anti-gay digs. "So many gay jokes tonight about Franco," Ansari said. "Apparently if you're clean, well dressed and mildly cultured, you're super gay now. Is that why the rest of you guys are so aggressively fat and dirty? You think if you read one book and take a shower, d---- are going to just fly into your face?"
There was also a ton of material about Franco's shoddy job hosting the Academy Awards a few years ago, how annoying his Oscars co-host Anne Hathaway is, and the actor's stint on "General Hospital."
The "Comedy Central Roast of James Franco" will re-air Thursday, Sept. 5, at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT on Comedy Central.
My review of the Comedy Central Roast:
I feel slightly let down. Don't get me wrong. I love James Franco in that, "yeah, I've got nothing else to watch" way but this Roast seemed more like something you'd see coming from the confines of your best friends living room. Meaning, drinks were flowing and everyone was shootin' the breeze.
I agreed with other comments that they should be roasting people with LONG careers in Hollywood. You'd definitely have a ton more material than what everyone else was saying. There wasn't that much to bust his b--- on. The only refreshing part of this Roast was Andy Samberg. He was the only original one out of the bunch.
The worse part was when Jeff Ross told Franco's Grandmother she only had 127 hours left to live...really...you don't mess with people's family. That's why it's called the "James Franco" Roast.
comedy central club roasts need to be more like "the comedy central club roast of lisa lampenelli" or
vince mcmahon, or somebody of similar caliber. when i think of jess franco i think of the italian film director of the same name, not this man.
the only time these roasts are funny is when the republicans are in power! i will only go back to watching them when america gets it's redneck humor back. until then, ppl like me are disenfranchised, which i'll never accept!
The roasts now, are just a bunch of ****s shooting the bull.
One of the weakest roasts ever. Jeff Ross is great and Bill Hader was pretty good, other than that, no thanks. Giraldo was the king, too bad he couldn't stay off the drugs.
My top ones in order - Flavor Flav, Trump, Sheen
Alas, I am one of the 3.1 M'ers. Now will someone please help me pull the icepick out of my eyes?
Watched to rerun on late night...hilarious stuff by actors and his friends who do comedy, not comedians who do stand up and barely know the roastee as was the case in previous c.c. stints.
Went smooth and came off refreshing. Great job!