Roast of Rob Lowe: Ann Coulter Dies Onstage

David Spade and Rob Lowe

Televised  “Roasts” have changed since the old Dean Martin “family friendly” roasts were held on mainstream television. So too have the participants.  Rob Lowe’s Roast on Comedy Central had all the appeal of watching playground bullies gang up on one another and mercilessly pick each other off.  It was not the funniest thing ever seen and the low point of the evening was watching Ann Coulter die onstage.

The woman trotted out one unfunny joke after another.  While there may not have been a concert of crickets in the audience the “gags” were horrible enough that only one or two garnered a limp chuckle.  On par with having  Eddie Murphy play to an audience of KKK members, Ann’s failure was guaranteed as she lamely tried to tickle the funny bone of Hollywood’s liberal left “luvies.”

Terms like “lamb to the slaughter” can be applied to her performance. In terms of guests, it appears that there were not many who wanted to appear on the Comedy Central Labor Day Special.  It does seem odd that out of all the stand-up comics out there in the entertainment industry that only the limited amount on stage could be found who wanted “to play.”

Some of the gags were close to the bone. Carr’s humor was a bit on the vicious side but he was not alone.  A lot has been made of his “she could kill herself remark,”  but Carr was not alone in this suggestion.   Nikki Glaser joined suit and told Coulter that the only person she would make happy would be the “Mexican that digs your grave.”

Watching the uncensored version of the roast is not for the faint hearted. Nor should the politically correct bother watching this one. These roasts are rough, even Pete Davidson’s father’s death was considered fair game for this lot.

The issue of Lowe’s sex tape, which got so much bad publicity back in the day was mentioned repeatedly and while it is a part of Lowe’s past,  it did push the boundaries of poor taste.

Jeff Ross and Ralph Macchio were almost as poorly received as Ann Coulter, who was roasted more thoroughly than the actual honoree. Macchio due to a number of reasons, just lacked the comedy potential, the man is an actor and not a stand-up comic,  and Ross is simply not that funny.

His portion, while dressed like the late Prince, consisted of short remarks and no real finesse seemed to be called for. Even Macchio managed to utter more than short inflammatory  statements.

The art of the roast seems to have fallen by the way side. Sure it is all about being insulting but in the past this was done with style and a lot more polish.  It was interesting to note that apart from Rob Riggle’s constant giggle, and Peyton Manning’s doubled over mirth, the only other panelist to grin was Coulter.

Granted the author of 11 books, “who could not write one f*cking joke” did have more of a frozen rictus than an actual grin of mirth.

There were funny moments, most of them too rude to include here.  Rob Lowe’s roast was not overly amusing and there were not many real laugh out loud moments.  Thank God it was less than an hour and a half long, sans commercials.

Comedy Central may need to rethink their roasting formula for the future.  Sorry Rob, but you were robbed.

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Chelsea That’s My Tight End: Jeff Ross, Max Greenfield & Fantasy Football

Chelsea Handler Netflix

Chelsea was all about the NFL, the Rams, comedy roasts and fantasy football.  The show started with Chelsea celebrating the return of the Rams to Los Angeles from St. Louis. This episode marks the first time that Tammy as well as Chunk were on the show. Chelsea told the audience that if no one is bitten, she may become a regular feature on future episodes.

The first guest was Jeffery Ross, the host of Comedy Central’s celebrity roasts and Jeff Ross Presents Roast BattleHe and Chelsea spoke about the Rob Lowe roast, that will air on Labor Day, and Ann Coulter.

Ross talked about how Ann did not seem to get the spirit of the roast environment. He also cracked, “She’s written 11 books and she couldn’t write one f*cking joke for this roast.”

Coulter was called a “C-word” a number of times on the roast and was actually picked on more than Lowe, the celebrity the roast was held for.  Interestingly enough, over on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” host of the Labor Day roast; David Spade, did not even mention Ann Coulter…

On Chelsea , however, the main topic was Ann Coulter and the roast.  Ross pointed out that Coulter was paid to be on the show and she was not there to promote her book.  Ross’ humor did have the audience groaning in a few instances.

He plugged his latest “roast” “Jeff Ross Roasts Cops” which is a follow up to his Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail.  

The next guest was Army veteran, double amputee and author Noah Galloway. He and Ross were both on “Dancing With the Stars” and Galloway joked with Ross about doing better in the competition than the roast master.

Galloway was there to plug his memoir “Living With No Excuses.”  Noah gave good interview and even when Chelsea told him off for not reading his former girlfriend’s goodbye letter he came across very well. His response to her question about whether he brought the letter was brilliant.

The subject of NFL player Colin  Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem was brought up. Galloway was initially quite incensed about the footballer’s stance but then rethought the issue when he realized it was not being disrespectful to veterans.

Next Chelsea investigated  the Fantasy Football League. Her team name is Chelsea F*ck You. One thing pointed out about the league is that it is now an application versus the old days of penned lists of “your” fantasy football team.

Handler is brilliant at these “field recordings.”  She holds nothing back and even though Chelsea shows a bit of enthusiasm toward the end it is clear this is not a huge “win” for her.

The last guest was New Girl actor Max Greenfield. He and Chelsea talked about Fantasy Football and made plans to be in the same league. Greenfield revealed that he lies to his wife about how many leagues he is currently in.

He also spoke briefly about horseback riding with his daughter. This was prompted by some sunscreen cream on his ear.

Greenfield points out that talking about the league is forbidden (it is not cool at all) although you can poke fun at losers in your league. Ms. Handler finished with a “brought to you” segment that mentioned dinosaurs among things.

Chelsea airs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on Netflix.


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