It may sound strange, but there is almost something magical in the Comedy Central Roast. Maybe it’s watching someone be so insane as to go on national television and let themselves get insulted for an hour and a half or that the roasters who are somehow less famous than the actual roastee, but we love it.
Following the success of the Charlie Sheen roast last year (which was the network’s most-popular special to date), the network probably realizes that they are not going to reach that sort of level in the numbers this time. With that, they have picked a TV icon to be their next subject despite her being a little less present now in the public eye — Roseanne Barr. “The Roast of Roseanne” will tape on August 4, and will air on the network eight days later on the 12th at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Based on this statement just released by Roseanne, we have a feeling she knows what is going to be coming her way:
“All I can say is good luck finding anything about me to make fun of … I mean, I’ve never made a mistake or offended anyone in my life!”
Following her absence at the Sheen roast due to a primary commitment, we hope that Lisa Lampanelli will be able to attend this year — she and Jeff Ross are really the only longtime staples of the network left, even if Anthony Jesenik has done a pretty good job in the past two roasts he has appeared in following the death of Greg Giraldo. Now, is it too early to book John Goodman for a spot on this?
Roseanne had attempted to launch a new series this fall in “Downwardly Mobile,” but the pilot was not picked up by NBC.
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