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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?

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Sep 3, 2013 2:34PM

'Comedy Central Roast of James Franco' '/' Comedy Central

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.


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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.


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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."


What did you think of the Franco roast? Funny stuff or too many homophobic jokes? Weigh in below or on MSN TV's Facebook and Twitter pages.


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.

Sep 4, 2013 1:16PM

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 don't mess with people's family. That's why it's called the "James Franco" Roast.

Sep 4, 2013 10:50AM
The Roasts haven't been the same since Greg Giraldo died.....
Sep 4, 2013 10:36AM

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!

Sep 4, 2013 9:02AM
The real roasts were done 30 years ago or more. And didn't have all of the queer crap.
The roasts now, are just a bunch of ****s shooting the bull.

Sep 4, 2013 8:51AM
go and watch the dean martin fryer club roast thy were 10 times as funny and did not rely on raunch
Sep 4, 2013 8:40AM

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. 


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Sep 4, 2013 8:37AM

Alas, I am one of the 3.1 M'ers.  Now will someone please help me pull the icepick out of my eyes?

Sep 4, 2013 8:28AM
Now that I've watched this I saw no reason for it except for ratings. I mean, Franco is cool just because of his ability to go to college, instruct a class, and act in movies. However, I do not feel his work in Hollywood warrants a roast.  This roast is more about how many multiple times that we are going to see these same people in films together..  Where is Judd Apatow?  Either way, it doesn't make sense.  I actually pull some points away from Franco and others because the stage was void of diversity. But that wouldn't be Jewish of them?  
Sep 4, 2013 7:46AM
Worst roast that I can remember.  I never heard of the roastee, and knew of only two of the roasters.  I DVD and keep roasts for future viewing, but this one was deleted after the first viewing!  Comedy Central, you have to do better!
Sep 4, 2013 7:26AM
With Andy Samberg's performance, I think he is the next Adam Sandler.  He wasn't funny at all.
Sep 4, 2013 7:01AM
With the exception of Jeff Ross' time at the podium, this was the worst roast ever.  Jonah Hill just babbled forever and Sandberg sucked.  Where was Lisa Lampenelli, Gilbert Gottfried, Anthony Jesilnik?  Just because you're funny in movies doesn't mean you're good at telling jokes.  That Natasha lady looked pretty hot though. 
Sep 4, 2013 6:43AM
I adore Seth Rogen, but I think he seemed a bit uncomfortable with the whole roast concept.  I thought the references to Franco's sexuality were mildly funny the first dozen times, after that it did border on the homophobic.  Thought Aziz Ansari was beyond funny, Jonah Hill was stoned, (which made no difference to me), and the rest were OK.  The biggest disappointment was Franco himself.  He just wasn't that funny.  I don't know what's up with the guy.  Is he socially awkward?  His little speech at the end seemed forced.  Oh well, I really don't enjoy roasts at all.  I watched it for Seth.
Sep 4, 2013 5:12AM
I thought the worst roaster was that Samberg guy.  Not funny at all.  And not sure who this Franco dude is, but he was not funny either at the end.  And why are they roasting h_omos now?
Sep 4, 2013 3:56AM

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!

Sep 4, 2013 3:15AM
Anything goes when it comes to topics for jokes, that's why I love watching Comedy Central Roasts. 
Sep 4, 2013 2:24AM
I haven't seen it yet, but every roast I have seen has me laughing until I cry!  I few jaw dropping moments usually as well, but hey, they all know what they're getting into when the sign up for a roast.  And the viewers should all know what they're in for when they tune in.  If it's too much..change the channel.
Sep 4, 2013 12:50AM
It was good, the only way it could have been better is if I were gay, and the rumors about Franco were true.  Yes, it was a bit much at times, but all in good fun and everyone knew it was just that.  Unlike so many these days that take a fence at every little out of place word, or joke or anything else.  If you can't laugh at your self or with others I really do feel bad for you.
Sep 4, 2013 12:34AM
Roasts will never be as funny now that the great Greg Giraldo has passed. None can match him!
Sep 3, 2013 11:18PM
Very funny to see the young crowd clowning each other but I noticed they kept prefacing the roasting jokes with lines like... you're really my friend or I'm really just kidding... etc.  IMO you need to turn the knife in them a little and make it seem rude and roasty.  Otherwise very funny!
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