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James Franco Roast

post #1 of 31
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Debuts tonight. Looks 10 times better than the last 2-4 Comedy Central has done. Nice to see they aren't just trotting out their usual rotating cast of in-house standups like Jeselnik and Schumer or completely random celebs like Snoop Dogg and William Shatner.

 

Lookin' forward to it.

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The one thing about the old school 'Dean Martin Roasts' was that a good number of the participants actually knew and hung out with each other. There was a sense of camaraderie there that is sorely missing from these new roasts. Hopefully as this one features more 'friends' it will be better....and Franco is somewhat deserving to be made fun of.

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These modern roasts no longer seem predicated on roasting long-established veterans of showbiz, so Franco being picked falls right into line.

 

Looking forward to it. Haven't checked the list, but I do hope that Schumer makes an appearance. I kinda dig her.
 

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When all the jokes are just X-Rated randoms it doesn't become shocking anymore.

 

There needs to be more Don Rickles at these things:

 

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These modern roasts no longer seem predicated on roasting long-established veterans of showbiz, so Franco being picked falls right into line.

 

Looking forward to it. Haven't checked the list, but I do hope that Schumer makes an appearance. I kinda dig her.
 

 

Well, the thing about James Franco is that he is everywhere ...

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jun/08/ethan-hawke-playing-all-the-angles

 

"..."I had a very surreal experience once," Hawke replies. "I was walking on Sunset Boulevard under this giant billboard of James Franco – it was like this Calvin Klein ad or something – and then he walked out from underneath it. And I thought: man this fucking guy is everywhere." It was, Hawke says, the only time the two have ever met; ..."

 

This was further confirmed when he turned up in my Facebook feed in a photograph with my cousin. At this rate, I'm expecting to go downstairs one night and find him helping himself to a snack from our refrigerator.

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The one thing about the old school 'Dean Martin Roasts' was that a good number of the participants actually knew and hung out with each other. There was a sense of camaraderie there that is sorely missing from these new roasts. Hopefully as this one features more 'friends' it will be better....and Franco is somewhat deserving to be made fun of.

I've assumed that Jeff Ross was to fault for 'mainstreaming' the Friar's Roasts.
post #7 of 31

From what I have heard it's mostly gay/cock sucking jokes with some Oscar stuff in there.  I don't have high hopes.

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When all the jokes are just X-Rated randoms it doesn't become shocking anymore.

 

And with Greg Giraldo subtracted?  Cripes.

 

It's too bad they don't record the actual Friar's roasts.  By all accounts they are something to behold.

post #9 of 31
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Comedy Central used to televise the Friars Club roasts but the two had a falling out and the Comedy Central roasts were born.
post #10 of 31

This may be the only time the Comedy Central roast has had not just one but two Oscar nominated actors actually attending (no Oscar winners yet though).

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I find these roasts often end up being too mean spirited. There's an art to roasting and I think too often the jokes become downright insults. I remember reading that Jason Alexander tried talking Shatner out of doing one because he thought they were so brutal. Seeing someone sitting there, pretending to be having a good time while they're subjected to all sorts of crude insults can be uncomfortable to watch, especially if the roaseters aren't particularly skilled at comedy. Or when they try to be edgy. Brad Garrett in particular came off as kind of slimy in the Joan Rivers roast.

post #12 of 31
Unless this roast has a substance abuse drug fight between Courtney Love and Andy Dick than not interested. Seriously James Franco? He hasn't done enough! What about George Clooney or Robert DeNiro or Steven Spielberg!
post #13 of 31
Or Kirk Douglas.
post #14 of 31
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Yeah because one of those guys is gonna go slumming on Comedy Central.

Mean spirited or not, some of the past ones were really good. The Pam Anderson, William Shatner and Larry the Cable Guy roasts being the highlights.

It's just recently with Hasselhoff, Roseanne, Trump, Joan Rivers and Sheen have they gone off the rails. Although, watching "The Situation" bomb terribly was memorable.
post #15 of 31
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Pretty damned funny. Although they picked on Hill so much I thought he was the one being roasted.

And Hadar, holy crap, dude will laugh hard at anything.
post #16 of 31

Whoever called Jeffrey Ross a "melting hippo" won.

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That was Samberg, I believe.

 

I thought Hader had the best set, followed by Silverman maybe. Aziz took an interesting approach by mostly just bashing everyone else's jokes. Jeffrey Ross is getting a little hacky as he gets older (Jonah Hill agreed to do Tarantino's Spaghetti Western because there's spaghetti! Get it? Because Jonah's fat!).

 

My favorite line might have been Franco referring to his Oscars hosting as "experimental tuxedo sleep art".

post #18 of 31
I didn't see this but was Seth Rogen or Danny McBride there? It just seems to obvious that have them, which obvious means they probably weren't.
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At first I thought it was lame of Samberg to bite Norm MacDonald's bit, but as it wore on he put enough of his own energy into it that I started laughing despite myself.  The "melting hippo" bit was great because it was the one time he broke out to say something actually mean.

 

Other than that, Silverman and Hader were the only ones that really got any laughs out of me.  Franco's rebuttal was as sleepy and limp as you'd fear.   Kind of shocked that they didn't have Shumer and Jeselnik there, just for network synergy.

post #20 of 31

Haven't watched yet, not sure how much was cut for broadcast. I sort of ruined it for myself when I read this piece on Grantland first.

 

http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/85612/we-went-there-jeff-rosss-scorched-earth-brilliance-at-james-francos-celebrity-roast

post #21 of 31

....was this on last night? Oh, yeah it was.

 

This 'episode' should be the nail in the coffin of this 'series'.  

post #22 of 31

Noticeably MIA? Anne Hathaway.

post #23 of 31

Kinda wish Dave had an opportunity to speak, but ah well.  Amusing over all.

 

Natasha Leggero to Bill Hader and his subsequent reaction was a personal highlight.  "You're this generation's Phil Hartmann... hopefully."  Followed by him mouthing, "Jesus fucking christ."

post #24 of 31

I was a giant fan of Norm's roast, but I thought Samberg's spin on it was just fine.  I'd say it was actually the highlight of the night for me and I don't typically appreciate his humor.  Hader did well, as did the lady I'd never heard of before (hers was the closest thing to "mean" really).

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I didn't see this but was Seth Rogen or Danny McBride there? It just seems to obvious that have them, which obvious means they probably weren't.


Seth was the Roast Master.  Danny wasn't there.  Probably busy shooting Eastbound.

post #26 of 31

Only saw a few minutes of this and thought Silverman and Hader were good and I liked that hot brunette chick whose name I can't pronounce. I don't know who is this universe or even a parallel one actually thinks that Andy Samberg is funny. I turned it off when he came on. Dude reminded me why I stopped watching SNL 20 years ago.

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Only saw a few minutes of this and thought Silverman and Hader were good and I liked that hot brunette chick whose name I can't pronounce.

 

 

FRAHN-ko

post #28 of 31
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Seth was the Roast Master.  Danny wasn't there.  Probably busy shooting Eastbound.

Oh too bad. McBrides jokes against James Franco in This is the End might of been the funniest stuff I've seen all year!
post #29 of 31

Samberg's was my favorite, his roast of Aziz was hysterical. I like when comics break the format (Hader's was great as well). It wasn't until halfway through Samberg's that the people I was watching with started to get it, and it just got funnier as it went on. 

post #30 of 31

I got what Samberg was doing right away, but it took me awhile to start laughing at it. 

post #31 of 31
Sucked as usual. There were some funny parts but with the number one joke was his gayness. Since he's not out, or maybe not even gay, the jokes aren't very good. that's why the digs at Jonah Hill were the best. It was actually about him and known.
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