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Comedy Central Roast

Charlie Sheen's Atonement Tour Will Culminate at the Roast, But What's Next?

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 19th 2011 3:00PM
Charlie Sheen seems like a changed man these days. After a long period of hibernation following the unhinged, manic period that got him booted off 'Two and a Half Men,' Sheen has re-emerged in recent weeks, in advance of his Comedy Central Roast (Mon., Sept. 19, 10PM ET), looking and sounding downright normal. What's made him see the light?

For starters, the guy wants to work in Hollywood again.

As his Sheen-ferno raged on, the pinnacle being his Violent Torpedo of Truth tour, he burned nearly every bridge he'd built over his almost 40-year career in the entertainment industry. He now has to convince TV networks and movie studios that they can trust him enough to even consider working with him in the future, not to mention taking on the expense of insuring someone with such highly-publicized erratic behavior.

After throwing CBS, Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre and his 'Two and a Half Men' castmates under a wildly careening bus, he's finally swallowing his pride and apologizing. But is it sincere? Is it enough? Or is it just another way to grab headlines?

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Sheen Sees the Light, Kathy Griffin Gets Naked & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 17th 2011 1:30PM


There were so many good TV clips this week, choosing the Top 5 wasn't easy.

Charlie Sheen returned to TV on a goodwill tour to atone for his wrongdoings, before being roasted for them. Kate Gosselin, on the other hand, vowed to never leave TV. Ricky Gervais monologue-bombed Jimmy Fallon and Snooki crashed a car into her own police escort.

And we can't forget Kathy Griffin getting naked with Anderson Cooper. (We've tried.)

With so much goodness to chose from, let's just get to the clips, shall we? Check them out after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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Charlie Sheen Roast Promo: Dr. StrangeSheen Rides a Flying Torpedo of Truth (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 23rd 2011 11:45AM
Comedy Central has found its visual metaphor to sum the destructive craziness of Charlie Sheen. A new promo for the better-be-epic roast of Sheen features our depraved anti-hero riding a nuclear bomb (or, in this case, a flying torpedo of truth) like a rodeo cowboy, an allusion to Stanley Kubrick's classic doomsday comedy 'Dr. Strangelove.'

After the jump, check out Sheen making like Slim Pickens' Major King Kong, and going for a nice, screaming ride before exploding into a nuclear apocalypse.

The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, to be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, airs Mon., Sept. 19 at 10 PM ET.

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Could Seth MacFarlane Be TV's Next Late-Night Talk Show Host?

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 17th 2011 1:45PM
Seth MacFarlane, one of the busiest guys in Hollywood, has built his constantly-expanding TV empire working mostly behind-the-scenes. MacFarlane got his start as a writer and animator on 'Family Guy,' spun-off with 'The Cleveland Show,' and in recent weeks, has branched out into producing a varied slate of projects: a 'Flintstones' reboot and an updated version of Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.'

But despite this bevvy of projects he currently has on the air and in development, we can't shake the feeling that the final frontier of MacFarlane's quest to take over your TV could put him in front of the cameras, not behind them. Is it possible he might be TV's next late-night talk show host? He's got the good looks of on-camera talent, his Twitter feed is filled with jokes about politics and current events, and pretty much everything he's touched has turned successful.

Read on for our theory about why MacFarlane would make a great late-night host, and why we think it could actually become a reality.

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Seth MacFarlane Will Be Charlie Sheen's Roast Master

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 11th 2011 12:20PM
If there's anyone with a wit sharp, dry and cutting enough to hilariously deconstruct Charlie Sheen, it's 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane. Comedy Central announced that MacFarlane will serve as Roast Master at the highly-anticipated Sheen roast set to air Mon., Sept. 19 at 10 PM ET.

MacFarlane has presided over more Comedy Central roasts than any other comedian, also serving as Roast Master to David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump. The Trump Roast pulled in roast-record ratings, and we're pretty sure the Sheen extravaganza will leave those numbers in the dust. Possibly Angel Dust.

"I'm very excited to work with Comedy Central again on the roast. Charlie is a true icon with a talent that is strong and pure and concentrated into small crystals which can be smoked or eaten," McFarlane said in a statement.

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Comedy Central to Roast Charlie Sheen

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 5th 2011 10:45AM
Charlie SheenPrepare yourself for another barrage of tiger blood and winning jokes -- Comedy Central announced this morning that its newest roast target is none other than the bitchin' rock star from Mars himself, Charlie Sheen.

The 'Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen' will tape in Los Angeles on Sat., Sept. 10, and will air on Comedy Central on Mon., Sept. 19 at 10PM ET, the network confirmed. That means Sheen will return to TV the same night as 'Two and a Half Men' premieres its first episode with Ashton Kutcher, although the sitcom airs at 9PM on CBS and won't be direct competition.

"You could say I've been providing kindling for this Roast for a while," Sheen said in a statement. "It's time to light it up. It's going to be epic."

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Comedy Central to Roast Kid Rock, Ryan Murphy Explains 'Glee' 'Friday' Cover and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted May 9th 2011 6:30PM
Kid RockComedy Central announced the next victim -- er, subject -- of its notorious roasts: Kid Rock.

The musician joins a storied group of former roastees that includes his ex-wife Pamela Anderson, Flavor Flav, Joan Rivers, Larry the Cable Guy and most recently, Donald Trump.

The event will be taped Aug. 14 at an as-yet-announced location. Kid Rock is currently touring with Cheryl Crow.

In other TV news ...

Ryan Murphy has finally addressed the reason why 'Glee' is covering Rebecca Black's 'Friday.' (We know you were dying to know.) "The [glee club] is hired to perform songs for the prom and they were told by the principal to please do popular songs that the kids know. The show pays tribute to pop culture and, love it or hate it, that song is pop culture," he said. [THR]

Fox may have found a way to get around 'Bones' star Emily Deschanel's pregnancy in the fall. The network could use potential 'Bones' spinoff 'The Finder' as a filler show while the new mom is out on maternity leave. [Deadline]

'CBS Early Show' executive producer David Friedman is out after 16 months. 'Morning Joe' exec producer Chris Licht will possibly take his place. [NY Times]

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Comedy Central Should Roast ... Roger Ebert?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 11th 2010 3:30PM
Roger EbertUnless you're just a real sicko, reading the above headline probably turned your stomach into so many knots that unraveling them could earn you a Boy Scout merit badge.

The thought of Roger Ebert's smiling mug (who lost most of his bottom jaw after surgery for a very aggressive cancer) being ridiculed by some heartless comics probably makes you wish brains came with erasers. Ebert, who recently announced he's bringing back his film criticism show 'At the Movies,' has clearly found a new zest for life -- blogging constantly, writing political critiques and even penning a cookbook.

My suggestions aren't the mean-spirited ramblings of a wannabe edgy blog writer. Like all good roasts, the material might offend but the intention far outweighs any tasteless punchlines.

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Comedy Central to Roast David Hasselhoff

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 9th 2010 5:20PM
David HasselhoffFrom 'Baywatch' to his cheeseburger-spitting video, David Hasselhoff has had a lot of public moments worthy of ridicule. So it's fitting, then, that he'll be the subject of Comedy Central's latest roast, set to tape later this month and air Aug. 15 at 10PM, according to a network press release.

Though he did title his autobiography 'Don't Hassel the Hoff,' Hasselhoff says that he's honored to have been selected as a roastee, which puts him in the company of previous subjects like Denis Leary, Larry the Cable Guy, William Shatner, Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Saget, Joan Rivers and Jerry Stiller.

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Paula Abdul Eyes 'Ugly Betty' Role & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 12th 2009 12:30PM
Paula AbdulFormer 'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul already has her sights set on another TV show: 'Ugly Betty.'

Also in the news today: Scott Foley books 'Law & Order: SVU,' while 'True Blood' continues to be a big ratings draw.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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Roasting Joan Rivers

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2009 10:00AM
Joan RiversA couple of years ago, I interviewed Joan Rivers for the Boston Globe. She was playing a local theatre, and I hadn't yet had a chance to talk to her, and I wanted to talk a bit about her past in Second City and as a pioneering female comic. But since a lot of her shtick is slamming celebrities, and she helped invent what I guess you'd call "red carpet comedy," I thought I'd try to find a couple of people to do a point/counterpoint. Funny thing is, I couldn't find anyone for the counterpoint, anyone who wanted to go on record saying anything uncomplimentary against Rivers.

You can find plenty of people who will make jokes about her plastic surgery, or her failed talk show from the 80s, or her TV marketing, but that all seems a bit superficial. No one seemed to have a terribly valid criticism outside of those clichés. And that's what I think you'll see at the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers Roast Sunday (10PM). From the clips I've seen, some of the sharper comics have found a new approach to those tropes, and you'll see plenty of plastic surgery jokes. And I'm sure you'll hear plenty of them from Rivers herself (a debt, there, I think owed to Phyllis Diller).

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Why the Joan Rivers Roast should be tighter and funnier than her current facelift

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 28th 2009 4:30PM
Joan RiversThe traditional comedy roast has been hijacked by the cable networks and reproduced with more disappointing results than a sperm bank run by General Motors.

Comedy Central has done the best job for the most part while others like A&E's extremely mismanaged Gene Simmons Roast made for lower quality television are as horrific as those painfully dated Dean Martin's Roasts that are sold on infomercials in the wee small hours of the morning.

The secret to doing a good roast isn't really that much of a secret: hire people who are actually paid to be funny. That's why the Roast of Joan Rivers could be the best one yet.

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TV Squad Ten: Stars who should have been roasted Instead of Larry the Cable Guy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 27th 2009 11:08AM
Ah, the celebrity roast. Comedy Central resurrected the tried and true comedian ass-kiss off with hilarious specials featuring Denis Leary, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget and William #*$&$ing Shatner. Then came the capper: a roast of music legend Willie Nelson. It was a shift in evolution so great, it could have made Charles Darwin buy into the theory of intelligent design.

Then the network caused a global groan so loud that it shifted the tectonic plates when they announced that Nelson had to cancel and they would replace him with Larry the Cable Guy.

It's such an obvious and safe choice that might be a good recipe for ratings, but it's a sure fire recipe for boring. Here are the iconic stars who would have made much better kindling for a white hot comedy roast.

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Comedy Central announces the Roast of...Larry the Cable Guy?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2009 11:01AM
Comedy Central's roasts were one of the few things the network used to do right post-South Park. They didn't go for the big names. They went for the funniest names, the people who lended themselves to the kind of mean-spirited mockery that let comics be honest but also let the audience know they were just having fun.

This time around, it's hard to see how any self-respecting comic that makes fun of Larry the Cable Guy will not let the audience know they are just joking.

Comedy Central announced that the hunting cap-wearing, sleeveless shirt-wearing, catchphrase-drilling stand-up comic will be the next "celebrity" to take the hot seat in their annual roast.

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Bob Saget + sex jokes about the Olsens = awkward

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 6th 2008 10:01AM
bob saget roastBob Saget's Comedy Central roast was filmed Sunday night, and the typically raunchy affair may have crossed the line a little bit. Despite being a famously foul-mouthed comedian himself, Saget is best known for playing warm and fuzzy Danny Tanner on Full House. It was because of this famous role that most of the jokes centered on two of his diminutive co-stars: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Whether it was Gilbert Gottfried suggesting that Saget seduced the twins with chocolate milkshakes or Uncle Jesse himself, John Stamos, saying things like, "The whole time Bob and I were doing Full House, he was also hosting America's Funniest Home Videos. His entire job consisted of saying 'Take a look at this' which is what he used to say to Mary Kate in her dressing room," the subject of inappropriate relations with children was apparently a high source of comedy.

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