Why bother roasting someone like Flavor Flav?
One day when I was visiting the Museum of TV & Radio here in LA, I decided to go up to the library and watch a few shows. I saw that they had quite a few episodes of Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast available so I ordered up a couple. It was hilarious. Bob Newhart, Nipsey Russell, Phyllis Diller and Dean himself were as funny as ever and clearly having a great time.
When Comedy Central decided to bring back the celebrity roast I was elated. I couldn't wait to see today's best comics having a great time just like in the old days. For awhile it was great. Jeff Ross emerged as the new heir to the dais on great roasts of Drew Carey and Jerry Stiller, and the Hugh Hefner roast was a treat. Then something happened.
Whoever was in charge of the Comedy Central roasts decided to throw the rules out the window. Chevy Chase got a roast even though he had been roasted before, which only served to add to the confusion of why he was roasted in the first place. Then Pam Anderson got roasted. At this point it was clear that the roasts were less about comedy and more about easy targets. Oh and let's not forget the never-ending antics of Andy Dick, and when I say never-ending I mean it in a Middle East conflict kind of way.
Now they have decided to roast ground-breaking rapper-turned-walking-punch-line, Flavor Flav. What is it about Flav that makes him worthy of a roast? The closest thing he's done to comedy are his comeback vehicles on VH-1 and we all know that those really don't count as comedy.
Personally, I gave up on the roasts after the Chevy Chase fiasco, but I'm sure some of you will be tempted to tune in and see the litany of dreadlock and baby mama jokes. Let me know how it is.