6 People Comedy Central Should Roast
Roasts have been a comedy tradition for decades now, dating all the way back to the Friars’ Club and Dean Martin days, but Comedy Central brought the roast format to a whole new audience in the late 90’s. A lot of the honorees have been D-list celebrities attempting to make comebacks, but something interesting happened in 2013. An actual relevant celebrity agreed to be roasted and brought his entire crew of famous friends along with him. James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and company took to the stage and didn’t hold back any punches. It was quite a step up from the likes of David Hasselhoff and Larry the Cable Guy. Since then, Justin Bieber volunteered to be roasted and Comedy Central did not disappoint, getting everyone from Kevin Hart to Will Ferrell to come diss The Biebs. It’s a new era for the roast, where no celebrity is too big to be in the hot seat. With that in mind, here are 8 celebrities we’d love to see get the roast treatment.
Roastmaster: Seth MacFarlane or Jimmy Kimmel
With the success of The Force Awakens, it seems like now would be the perfect time for this to go down. Most of the jokes would probably be about his age, but can you imagine how stacked this dais would be? You’d obviously need Mark Hammill and Carrie Fisher there, but it’d be awesome to get the new guys like Adam Driver and John Boyega in the mix as well. Of course, we’d need a special appearance from Chewbacca as well, but I’d even settle for a couple of Ewoks.
Likeliness: Honestly, I could see this happening. Carrie Fisher appeared on Comedy Central’s Roast of Roseanne Barr and William Shatner had a few Star Trek cast members show up for his roast. It’s about time the Star Wars fans get their turn. They just better act fast before John Boyega and Daisy Ridley start getting booked for every movie ever.
Roastmaster: Dave Chappelle
There have been rumors floating around that say Kanye is Comedy Central’s #1 pick for this years roast, which makes a lot of sense. People love to hate Yeezy and would probably tune in to see him get teased for a couple hours. Plus, they could probably put together a superstar lineup of roasters to get the job done. I wouldn’t mind seeing Aziz Ansari, Jamie Foxx and Jay Z take the stage together.
Likeliness: I’m one of the biggest Kanye fans you’ll ever meet and would love to see this happen, but I would be shocked if Ye’ agreed to do it. He’s proven in the past that he can take a joke on Saturday Night Live and Wild N’ Out, but this might be too much. The first person to mention Kim would be caught in a chokehold within seconds. But hey, maybe he wants to win some people over with a little self-deprecating humor. It worked for Bieber.
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Roastmaster: Chris Evans
How great would this be? Throw the entire Avengers cast and Jude Law onstage, sprinkle some professional comedians into the mix and you’ve got yourself a hit. RDJ and his Avengers castmates already have some of the best chemistry, so a roast would be the perfect place to showcase it.
Likeliness: This would be really surprising, but I wouldn’t rule it out. It would be a pretty genius way to promote Captain America: Civil War.
Roastmaster: Vanessa Bayer
This wouldn’t be my first choice, but she’s an easy target. I’m thinking Lisa Lampanelli and maybe 2 Chainz should get in on this? They could get one of her old Hannah Montana costars to show up too cause you know they’re not doing anything. I just don’t know how many twerking jokes I can handle.
Likeliness: If it doesn’t happen this year, then it’ll probably happen the year after. She just seems like a prime target for a roast and I don’t think she’d be too hard for them to book.
Roastmaster: David Spade
It’s a wonder why this one hasn’t happened yet. Roasts are a great way for struggling stars to regain their former glory and Sandler’s IMDb page is looking pretty rough these days. This could be the perfect way for him to show the world that he’s still funny. Also, the lineup would be killer. Sandler probably has more famous friends than anyone and you know they would all show up for this shit. I’m talking Chris Rock, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Drew Barrymore, Nick Swardson and Steve Buscemi. Say what you want about some of those names, but there’s no doubt they would bring the star power. Plus, you know Jeff Ross and whoever else could have a field day bashing this crew’s movie choices.
Likeliness: Never say never. This doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility. David Spade’s most recent standup special premiered on Comedy Central, so a few phone calls could easily make this happen.
Lil’ Wayne’s career is at a very odd place right now. People used to think of him as “the best rapper alive” at one point and it seemed like he was unstoppable. Nowadays, he’s sort of lost in the shuffle. He’s not irrelevant, but he’s certainly not the hitmaker we all loved in ’07 and ’08. He’s the perfect candidate for a roast and you know there would be no shortage of material. Also, I just really want to see Drake as a Roastmaster. He’s proven how funny and charismatic he can be while hosting Saturday Night Live and the ESPY Awards. (Not to mention his spot on Weezy impression.)
Likeliness: Stranger things have happened. If they can get Franco and Bieber, there should be no problem booking Lil’ Weezy.
Who would you like to see Comedy Central roast this year? Leave a comment down below and tell us!