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Old September 8 2012, 07:28 AM   #1
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Comedy Central Roasts

Although I've seen it before, I noticed the other day that the William Shatner roast was up on Netflix. It occured to me quite quickly that most of the people shown laughing on camera appeared to be forcing it - as if nobody really found any of the stuff funny.

Each to their own on the humour front, I personally found it crass, shock jockey and vulgar in places and began to wondered why (other than money) so many people who were "canning" their laughter were in attendance.

Over here in the UK, we briefly flirted with televised roasts last year, but they were incredibly tame in comparison and weren't well received.

Is roasting really popular enough to justify televised events that often get incredibly offensive? Surely this style of comedy is better suited to concert tours?
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Old September 8 2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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I had never seen a full roast until i saw the Shatner one........i had only seen clips of the Dean Martin one's and they seemed quite funny.......but the Shatner one was just.....erm......very unpleasant to watch at times.

At least a charity gets something out of it so that's something positive is suppose.....they tried i few of these over here for UK celebs and although nowhere near as cruel as the Shat one, they did get a bit close....the Davina McCall one were Jack Whitehall stating for the 300th time how she was a Milf but without the abbreviation i just used.
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Old September 8 2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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The only CC roast I enjoyed was Denis Leary's. Which was legendary.
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Old September 8 2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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Although I've seen it before, I noticed the other day that the William Shatner roast was up on Netflix. It occured to me quite quickly that most of the people shown laughing on camera appeared to be forcing it - as if nobody really found any of the stuff funny.
Shatner's smile as he listened to the jokes looked pretty forced.
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Old September 8 2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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Although I've seen it before, I noticed the other day that the William Shatner roast was up on Netflix. It occured to me quite quickly that most of the people shown laughing on camera appeared to be forcing it - as if nobody really found any of the stuff funny.
Shatner's smile as he listened to the jokes looked pretty forced.
From what i've seen of some roasts i'd even punch my best friend if he talked to me like that.

There's good natured ribbing and making fun of each other but there's this unspoken rule of not going too far or shooting for weak and vulnerable spots.

I don't find any of these roasts funny and wonder why people do them at all.
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Old September 8 2012, 03:49 PM   #6
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^ I heard that Shatner told them that they could say whatever they wanted, but his dead wife who was found in the pool was off limits.
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Old September 8 2012, 03:49 PM   #7
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I watched the one with Roseanne.

It was pretty good, especially when Tom Arnold showed up.

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Old September 8 2012, 04:29 PM   #8
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I find them hilarious. Then again, I'm a crass American.
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Old September 8 2012, 07:06 PM   #9
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I'm hoping Shatner didn't actually HAVE to remind them to keep his late wife off limits. Lots of the jokes are crass enough as it is. The laughter is often forced, as it was on the Dean Martin roasts, but the older ones didn't feel obligated to be crass. It's as if Comedy Central feels obligated to use the profanity-bleeper or today's kids won't appreciate it.

Betty White and George Takei managed to be foul yet witty in their own ways. Lisa Lampinelli managed to be foul while looking 98 percent of the time at her cue notes....and not just during the Shatner roast. Does she even actually KNOW the roastees? And do they know her? Having only seen her on these roasts, I'm wondering.

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Old September 8 2012, 08:16 PM   #10
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Some of my favourite lines...

(while she was alive and ten feet away) "The letter B was named after Bea Arthur."

"And that is why even till this day if you get a hooker to snort cocaine off your penis it's called a Sheenis."

(10 feet away away from Courtney Love, about 5 years ago.) "Courtney love is a trainwreck, hell she looks worse than Kurt Cobain does today."

(Carrie Fisher says) "I was talking to Seth Green before the Show, we have a shared interest, apparently he really likes Star wars, and he tells me, that I was in Star Wars."

and of course...

Patton Oswalt says to Bill Shatner "I was wondering sir if you could settle a bet for me" takes a brown paper bag out of his pocket, opens it, then puts it on the floor between him and Bill "I was wondering if you could try to act your way out of this?"
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Old September 8 2012, 08:45 PM   #11
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(Carrie Fisher says) "I was talking to Seth Green before the Show, we have a shared interest, apparently he really likes Star wars, and he tells me, that I was in Star Wars."

Seth Green (to Roseanne): "One of my favorite scenes is when Carrie strangled you with a chain in Return of the Jedi."
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Old September 8 2012, 10:39 PM   #12
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Part of Denis Leary's rebuttal during his own roast:

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Old September 8 2012, 10:56 PM   #13
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I find them hilarious. Then again, I'm a crass American.
I am also crass, sometimes beyond belief.

But these modern day roasts are without any of the class the old Dean Martin roasts had.
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Old September 8 2012, 11:16 PM   #14
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^ I heard that Shatner told them that they could say whatever they wanted, but his dead wife who was found in the pool was off limits.
If only the Family Guy writers had that much decorum. That cutaway (and the "Aquaman is useless" one they came up with) were big reasons why I stopped watching that show.
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Old September 8 2012, 11:29 PM   #15
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But these modern day roasts are without any of the class the old Dean Martin roasts had.
Nobody who gets roasted these days has that kind of class. Perhaps nobody *even in show business at all*.
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