Comedy Central Roast

The Comedy Central Roasts are a series of celebrity roast specials that air on the American television channel Comedy Central. The first official Comedy Central Roast premiered on August 10, 2003.

On average one to two roasts air every year. There are eight to ten people invited who roast each other before finally roasting the title subject of each show. As of 2018, sixteen roasts have aired. Targets of roasts have included actors and comedians.

Since 2010, Comedy Central affiliates outside the United States have occasionally produced their own roasts; eight such roasts have been produced in total.

Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central Roast 2011
GenreRoast, comedy
Country of originUnited States
Production
Running time90 minutes
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Picture format
  • 4:3 SDTV (2003–2008)
  • 16:9 HDTV (2009–present)
Original releaseAugust 10, 2003 –
present

History

Between 1998 and 2002, the American television channel Comedy Central produced and televised the annual roasts of the New York Friars Club, which have been conducted since 1950.

After the original five-year agreement expired, the network began producing its own roasts in the same spirit.[1] The first, featuring roastee Denis Leary (and produced by Leary's production company, Apostle), aired on August 10, 2003, and was the most watched program in the channel's history, excluding episodes of South Park.[2]

Some roastees have stated that certain topics are off limits. Pamela Anderson, for example, prohibited jokes about her Hepatitis C infection. Joan Rivers disallowed jokes about her daughter Melissa, William Shatner asked that the death of his wife not be mentioned, and Donald Trump prohibited jokes about him not being as wealthy as he claims he is.[3] Others, like David Hasselhoff, have imposed no limits on the topics.[4] Although Charlie Sheen initially agreed to no restrictions on his roast, he later said during an interview with Jay Leno that he requested jokes about his mother be edited out of the broadcast.[5]

During Sheen's roast, Steve-O made the joke "The last time this many nobodies were at a roast, at least Great White was playing". This was a reference to The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island that killed 100 people on February 20, 2003. It was removed from broadcast on Steve-O's request.[6]

During Denis Leary's roast, Lenny Clarke, a friend of Leary's, said there was a carton of cigarettes backstage from Bill Hicks with the message, "Wish I had gotten these to you sooner." This joke was cut from the final broadcast.[7] During Roseanne Barr's roast, Jeff Ross compared fellow roaster Seth Green to James Holmes, the mass murderer responsible for the 2012 Aurora shooting. The joke was also removed.[8]

Roasts

RoasteeRoast master(s)Original air dateUS viewers
(millions)
Denis Leary
Jeff GarlinAugust 10, 20033.2[9]
Roasters: Jim Breuer, Mario Cantone, Lenny Clarke, Dane Cook, Nick DiPaolo, Doctor Dré, Adam Ferrara, Michael J. Fox, Peter Gallagher, Don Gavin, Gina Gershon, Gilbert Gottfried as Denis' Irish Wolfhound, Ed Lover, Joe Mantegna, Conan O'Brien, Colin Quinn, Rene Russo, and Christopher Walken.
Jeff Foxworthy
Bill Engvall, Ron White, & Larry the Cable GuyMarch 20, 20056.2[10]

Roasters: Steve Bridges as US President George W. Bush, Nick DiPaolo, Christian Finnegan, Greg Giraldo, Gilbert Gottfried as Jeff's cow, Heidi Klum, Lisa Lampanelli, Denis Leary, Jay Mohr, Patrice O'Neal, Colin Quinn, Anna Nicole Smith, and G. E. Smith. A special, pre-taped, guest appearance was made by Dr. Phil.

The hip-hop group B.A.M.A. performed their cover of "Sweet Home Alabama".
Pamela Anderson
Jimmy KimmelAugust 14, 20054.3[11]

Roasters: Courtney Love, Adam Carolla, Bea Arthur, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Elon Gold, Eddie Griffin, Lady Bunny, Lisa Lampanelli, Tommy Lee, Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, roastmaster Jimmy Kimmel and pre-taped appearances by David Spade and Hugh Hefner.

Notable audience members: Anna Nicole Smith and Doug Benson

Dennis Rodman was amongst the crowd on the stage. This roast featured a large amount of jokes and satire regarding sex directed from roasters toward fellow roasters, complete with Andy Dick appearing as Pamela's plastic surgeon and groping her breasts as part of his skit. Many of the jokes were also directed at Courtney Love for appearing to be inebriated (but claiming to have been sober for a year), Bea Arthur's masculinity, Andy Dick's ambiguous sexuality and Lisa Lampanelli's full figured body as well as her attraction towards black people.
William Shatner
Jason AlexanderAugust 20, 20063.6[13]

Roasters: Andy Dick (as the "love child" of James T. Kirk and Spock), Farrah Fawcett, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, Artie Lange, Nichelle Nichols, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollak, Jeff Ross, George Takei, Betty White, and Fred Willard performing the roasting duties. Special, pre-taped, guest appearances were made by Leonard Nimoy, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Clint Howard.

Notable audience members: Adrian Zmed, David Carradine, Roger Corman, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, René Auberjonois, Rosalind Chao, Mark Valley, Carrie Fisher, Scott Hamilton, Brad Paisley, Reno 911! stars Cedric Yarbrough and Niecy Nash, and Brian Posehn.

Executive Produced by Joel Gallen, with Aaron Matthew Lee serving as Head Writer. The Leonard Nimoy sequence which originally opened the broadcast on Comedy Central (Nimoy and Shatner were shown having an argument over the phone) was omitted from the DVD release, while many pre-taped sequences and jokes told during the roast itself were added back in after originally being cut.The tagline for this roast was "The Shat hits the fan." The Roast was nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.[12] The background music for the montage of Shatner was "Everything I Do, I Do with William Shatner" by the Star Trek-influenced rock band, Warp 11. Women dressed as green Orion slave girls can be clearly seen tending bar.
Flavor Flav
Katt WilliamsAugust 12, 20073.8[14]

Roasters: Ice-T, Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dogg, Greg Giraldo, Patton Oswalt, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeff Ross, Carrot Top, Sommore, and Brigitte Nielsen.

Notable audience members: Flavor of Love, Ron Jeremy, comedian Luenell, comedian Red Grant, Scott Adsit from 30 Rock, Nicole "Coco" Austin, Kordell Stewart, Derek Parker, Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof, and Chyna.

The roast was produced by Joel Gallen.
Bob Saget
John StamosAugust 16, 20082.2[19]

Roasters: Susie Essman, Greg Giraldo, Brian Posehn, Jim Norton, Jeff Garlin as fictional Full House executive producer Saul Schwartz (though he broke character at the end), Gilbert Gottfried, Jon Lovitz, Norm Macdonald, Cloris Leachman, and Jeff Ross.[15] Pre-taped appearances were delivered by Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black, and Don Rickles.

Notable audience members: Full House co-stars Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin, and Dave Coulier along with Growing Pains star Alan Thicke, Rex Lee of Entourage and Quantum Leap & Star Trek: Enterprise star Scott Bakula and Alonzo Bodden.

Norm Macdonald's set was notable in that it avoided racy content and featured intentionally cheesy and antiquated jokes.[16] He later revealed that the material was taken from a book given to him by his father that contains jokes meant to be told at retirement parties circa 1950, and that when the roast's showrunner asked him to be "shocking," he decided to go in the opposite direction of the usual roast humor.[17] Artie Lange was scheduled but did not show at the roast because he had entered a rehabilitation center. It was later revealed that Saget was highly offended by the jokes aimed at Candace Cameron and the Olsen twins.[18] The DVD was released on December 30, 2008.

The DVD version did not include the Full House theme song as Saget comes out at the end to roast everyone who roasted him. It was replaced by instrumental music. The TV version has the theme song only.
Larry the Cable Guy
Lisa Lampanelli[20]March 16, 20094.1[11]

Roasters: Nick DiPaolo, Jeff Foxworthy, Greg Giraldo, Toby Keith, Jeff Ross, Reno Collier, Maureen McCormick, Warren Sapp, and Gary Busey. Bill Engvall made a pre-taped appearance.

Originally taped on March 1, 2009. This marks the first time that a previous roastmaster has become a roastee, and the first time that a roast was broadcast in 16:9 high-definition.
Joan Rivers
Kathy GriffinAugust 9, 20092.8[11]

Roasters: Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Mario Cantone, Whitney Cummings, Tom Arnold, Brad Garrett, Robin Quivers, Greg Giraldo and Jeff Ross. Donald Trump made a pre-taped appearance and Melissa Rivers came from the audience to roast her mother.

Notable audience members: Melissa Rivers, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Alan Thicke, T.J. Miller, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.

Originally taped on July 26, 2009.[21] It was released on the Comedy Central Emmy Consideration DVD sent only to members of the Consideration program.
David Hasselhoff
Seth MacFarlaneAugust 15, 20103.5[25]

Roasters: Jeff Ross, Pamela Anderson, Lisa Lampanelli, Hulk Hogan, Jerry Springer,[22] Whitney Cummings, Greg Giraldo, George Hamilton,[23] and Gilbert Gottfried, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan made pre-taped appearances, and William Daniels reprised his role as the voice of KITT.

Notable audience members: John Slattery, Craig Robinson, Christina Milian, Hasselhoff's two daughters, Hayley and Taylor, Hulk Hogan's son, Nick, and fellow Baywatch alumni Alexandra Paul, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin, Traci Bingham, Angelica Bridges and Jeremy Jackson.

To close the show, Hasselhoff sang "This Is The Moment" from the musical Jekyll & Hyde, which he formerly starred in.[24] The DVD was released in January 2011.

This is also the final roast in which Greg Giraldo participated. Giraldo died on September 29, 2010.
Donald Trump
Seth MacFarlaneMarch 15, 20113.5[30]

Roasters: Whitney Cummings, Gilbert Gottfried, Anthony Jeselnik, Larry King, Lisa Lampanelli, Marlee Matlin (interpreted by interpreter Jack Jason), Jeff Ross, Snoop Dogg, and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.[26]

Notable audience members: Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Ice-T, Russell Simmons, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Lindsay Lohan, Joel Madden and David Foster.[27]

Originally taped on March 9, 2011.[28] The roast consisted of jokes toward Trump's hairstyle, his show The Apprentice, and his family. Jokes were also made about Jeselnik's fame (or lack thereof), Matlin's deafness, King's age, and Jersey Shore. Several roasters paid respect to Greg Giraldo, a Comedy Central Roast regular, who died on September 29, 2010. The roast was dedicated in his memory. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's performance was widely panned by critics and viewers alike; as a result, Comedy Central pulled several of his jokes from the television airing of the roast.[29] This was also the first time someone served as roastmaster more than once, as Seth MacFarlane also roasted David Hasselhoff.
Charlie Sheen
Seth MacFarlaneSeptember 19, 20116.4[36]

Roasters: Anthony Jeselnik, Jon Lovitz, Patrice O'Neal, Jeff Ross, Amy Schumer, William Shatner, Steve-O,[31] Mike Tyson, and Kate Walsh.

Notable audience members: Brooke Mueller, Aaron Paul, Slash, Maria Menounos, Corbin Bernsen, Duane Chapman, Michael Boatman, Kristin Cavallari, Patrick Warburton and Richard Kind.

The roast was taped in Los Angeles on September 10, 2011, and was broadcast on September 19, 2011, exactly one hour after the premiere of Ashton Kutcher's first episode on Two and a Half Men where he replaced Sheen.[32] Slash made an appearance playing his guitar during Sheen's entrance.[33] Harvey Levin from TMZ.com was scheduled to appear but ended up not doing so. During an interview on The View, Sheen's ex-wife, Denise Richards stated that she hadn't been invited to appear and, while she thought roasting her ex-husband could be humorous and that he would be able to take it, she feared it would have a negative impact on their daughters.[34] Sheen's famous family members, Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen, were unable to attend as they were promoting their film The Way,[35] although Sheen appeared in a commercial for the roast, spoofing his film Apocalypse Now.

A montage of Sheen's film and television work were featured, though due to legal reasons, clips of his tenure on Two and a Half Men were never used. In reference to how his Two and a Half Men character Charlie Harper was killed off the series (hit by a train), Sheen arrived on stage riding on a replica locomotive. In the UK and Turkey, on the network which Two and a Half Men airs, the roast aired directly after Kutcher's first Two and a Half Men episode. This was O'Neal's final television appearance before his death on November 29, 2011.

With 6.4 million viewers in its original debut, this roast was the highest rated Comedy Central Roast to date.[36]
Roseanne Barr
Jane LynchAugust 12, 20122.6[40]

Roasters: Ellen Barkin, Wayne Brady, Carrie Fisher, Gilbert Gottfried, Seth Green, Anthony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross, Katey Sagal, and Amy Schumer, and also featured a surprise appearance by Barr's ex-husband Tom Arnold.[37]

Notable audience members: Sarah Chalke, Natasha Leggero, Blake Anderson, Alicia Goranson, Michael Fishman, Chris Colfer and Fred Willard.

The roast was taped in Los Angeles on August 4, 2012.[37] Sharon Stone had been announced as one of the roasters,[38] but dropped out for unknown reasons prior to the event. The final surprise of the night was Barr's choice to close out the show by legitimately singing the last two lines of The Star-Spangled Banner, in an effort to finally redeem herself for her infamous and controversial rendition of the American anthem at a nationally broadcast baseball game in 1990.[39]
James Franco
Seth RogenSeptember 2, 20133.1[42]

Roasters: Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, Andy Samberg, and Sarah Silverman.[41]

Notable audience members: Blake Anderson, Jillian Bell, Adam Devine, Andy Dick, Chris Farren, Dave Franco, Jennie Garth, Brett Gelman, Eiza González, Anders Holm, Gabriel Iglesias, Kelley Jakle, Samm Levine, Maribeth Monroe, Matthew Morrison, Amy Poehler, Stephen Rannazzisi, June Diane Raphael, Retta, Horatio Sanz, Paul Scheer, and Kate Walsh.
Justin Bieber
Kevin HartMarch 30, 20154.4[47]

Roasters: Hannibal Buress, Pete Davidson, Chris D'Elia, Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, Natasha Leggero, Ludacris, Shaquille O'Neal, Jeff Ross, Snoop Dogg, and Martha Stewart.[43][44]

Notable audience members: Scooter Braun, Dave Chappelle, Tito Ortiz, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Kendall Jenner, Jack Gilinsky, Blake Anderson, Katharine McPhee, Kourtney Kardashian, Kate Walsh, Chris Paul, Trevor Noah, Sarah Tiana, Larissa Marolt, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jaden Smith, Gloria Allred and Kyle Kinane.

In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen DeGeneres revealed that she was approached by Braun, Bieber's manager, to participate in the roast, but refused because she did not want to be mean to Bieber. Jokes referencing Paul Walker were cut out of the television broadcast.[45] Additionally, a joke by Hannibal Buress which called the roast an "extremely transparent attempt to be more likable in the public eye" was cut.[46]

Being age 21 at the time of filming, Bieber is the youngest roastee to be roasted by Comedy Central to date.
Rob Lowe
David SpadeSeptember 5, 20161.3 (CC) 2.3 (simulcast)[53]

Roasters: Jimmy Carr, Ann Coulter,[48] Pete Davidson, Nikki Glaser, Jewel, Ralph Macchio, Peyton Manning, Rob Riggle, Jeff Ross.[49] Amy Poehler appeared in a pre-recorded segment.

Notable audience members: Maria Shriver, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nick Swardson, Fred Savage, Chad Lowe, Kate Walsh, Robbie Williams, Brandon Flowers, Marlee Matlin

Originally taped on August 27, 2016. The Roast was simulcast on Spike and TV Land. Bo Derek was originally announced as a roaster, but was replaced by Jewel due to a scheduling conflict. According to Tony Hinchcliffe, who was assigned by Comedy Central to write the first draft of Ann Coulter's set, Coulter was unaware of the nature of roasts when she agreed to participate.[50] Many of the other roasters harshly targeted Coulter. She was criticised for her strong conservative political views, called a "cunt" by Davidson, compared to members of the Ku Klux Klan, and even likened to Adolf Hitler.[51] The crowd reacted to much of Coulter's set with indifference or booing. Coulter claims that her set "killed" live and that her apparent bombing in the aired version of the roast was the result of unflattering editing. Ross refuted Coulter's claim, stating "We edited it to make her look as best we could".[52] Her set centered around a plug for her book In Trump We Trust.
Bruce Willis
Joseph Gordon-LevittJuly 29, 20181.76 (CC) 2.8 (simulcast)[57]

Roasters: Cybill Shepherd, Edward Norton, Nikki Glaser, Lil Rel Howery, Dom Irrera, Kevin Pollak, Dennis Rodman, Martha Stewart[54] and Jeff Ross.[55] Demi Moore also made a surprise appearance to roast Willis, her ex-husband.[56]

Notable audience members: David Hasselhoff, Maggie Q, Seth Green, Mackenzie Davis, Emma Heming, Dulcé Sloan and Rumer Willis.

Recurring roasters

The table below features any roasters who have appeared on multiple Comedy Central Roasts. As of the Bruce Willis roast, the most frequent roaster has been Jeff Ross, who has appeared in all but the first two roasts, for a total of 13, and has yet to be a roastmaster.[a] As of 2018, Seth MacFarlane has served as roastmaster 3 times, making him the most used roastmaster.

Roaster Roastee
Denis Leary (2003) Jeff Foxworthy (2005) Pamela Anderson (2005) William Shatner (2006) Flavor Flav (2007) Bob Saget (2008) Larry the Cable Guy (2009) Joan Rivers (2009) David Hasselhoff (2010) Donald Trump (2011) Charlie Sheen (2011) Roseanne Barr
(2012)
James Franco (2013) Justin Bieber (2015) Rob Lowe (2016) Bruce Willis (2018)
Pamela Anderson O Yes
Tom Arnold Yes Maybe
Mario Cantone Yes Yes
Whitney Cummings Yes Yes Yes
Pete Davidson Yes Yes
Andy Dick Yes Yes
Nick DiPaolo Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bill Engvall RM Yes
Jeff Garlin RM Yes
Greg Giraldo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nikki Glaser Yes Yes
Gilbert Gottfried Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes
Anthony Jeselnik Yes Yes Yes
Jimmy Kimmel RM Yes
Lisa Lampanelli Yes Yes Yes Yes RM Yes Yes
Natasha Leggero Yes Yes
Jon Lovitz Yes Yes
Seth MacFarlane RM RM RM
Patrice O'Neal Yes Yes
Patton Oswalt Yes Yes
Colin Quinn Yes Yes
Kevin Pollak Yes Yes
Jeff Ross Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Amy Schumer Yes Yes
William Shatner O Yes
Sarah Silverman Yes Yes Yes
Snoop Dogg Yes Yes Yes
David Spade Yes RM
Martha Stewart Yes Yes
Demi Moore Yes
      Scheduled performer
      Performer who made a surprise appearance
RM  Indicates a roastmaster
O  Indicates performer's own roast

Cancelled roasts

In 2008, a roast for the musician Willie Nelson was planned to coincide with the release of his box set, One Hell of a Ride, but was ultimately cancelled, according to Jeff Ross.[59][60][61]

A roast for the musician Kid Rock was announced in November 2010 and scheduled for January 2011, but was later replaced by the Donald Trump roast.[62] Rock's roast was rescheduled for August 2011,[63] but was replaced again, this time by Charlie Sheen's roast.[32] Kid Rock agreed to doing the roast if it were filmed in his hometown which Comedy Central didn't agree to.

International

The following roasts have been aired by international Comedy Central channels:

Comedy Central New Zealand:

Comedy Central Africa:

Roast of somizi mhlongo Comedy Central Spain:

  • Actor, screenwriter, director and producer Santiago Segura, on May 2014. Comedian Alex O'Dogherty was the roastmaster.
  • Television presenter, actor, musician, director and humorist El Gran Wyoming, on July 2015. Andreu Buenafuente was the roastmaster.

Comedy Central Netherlands:

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2007 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner Nominated [12]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Ross hosted the roast of Gene Simmons, a third-season episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels on A&E.[58]

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All India Bakchod Knockout

AIB Knockout was a copy of the Comedy Central Roast created by Mumbai based creative agency All India Bakchod (AIB). It took place in December 2014 and was uploaded to their YouTube channel on January 28, 2015. It was held at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was hosted by Karan Johar. Ranveer Singh, and Arjun Kapoor were roasted. The show was subsequently removed from their channel on February 3, 2016, because of public backlash.

Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik ( JES-əl-nik; born December 22, 1978) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and producer. He is known for his dark comedy style, which emphasizes ironic misdirection, non sequiturs, biting insults, an arrogant demeanour, and a stage persona that frequently takes amoral stances.

Jeselnik was a writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in its first season and hosted a Comedy Central Presents in 2009. After releasing his critically acclaimed debut album Shakespeare in 2010, he began writing for the Comedy Central Roasts and moved up to performer in the 2011 roast of Donald Trump. He continued to perform on the roasts of Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr in 2012. In 2013, he hosted his own Comedy Central series, The Jeselnik Offensive, for two seasons and released his second album, Caligula, which doubles as an hour-long standup special.

On July 22, 2015, Jeselnik replaced JB Smoove as the new host of NBC's Emmy Award-nominated series Last Comic Standing. His second stand-up special, Thoughts and Prayers, premiered in October 2015 on Netflix.

Jeselnik starred in the first season of the NFL Media podcast "RJVP" along with friend Gregg Rosenthal. The second season debuted in 2018 on the Comedy Central Podcast Network under the slightly different name "JRVP".

Beck v. Eiland-Hall

Beck v. Eiland-Hall is a case filed in 2009 before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency. It was filed by political commentator Glenn Beck against Isaac Eiland-Hall, concerning the website "GlennBeckRapedAndMurdered­AYoungGirlIn1990.com". Eiland-Hall created the site as a parody to express the view that Beck's commentary style challenged his guests to prove a negative. The site's name was based on a joke first used by comedian Gilbert Gottfried at the 2008 Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, in which Gottfried jokingly implored listeners to disregard the (non-existent) rumor that Saget had raped and murdered a girl in 1990. Online posters began an Internet meme comparing Gottfried's joke with Beck's style of debate, by requesting Beck disprove he had committed the act in question. Eiland-Hall launched his website on September 1, 2009.

Beck filed a complaint to the WIPO under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), arguing the domain name of the website was defamatory and asserted trademark infringement in its use of his name. Eiland-Hall filed a response brief to WIPO which cited the U.S. Supreme Court case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, asserting the website's domain name was a form of free speech and satirical political humor.

Beck made a supplemental filing in the case arguing the domain name was misleading and might lead individuals to believe it contained factual information. Eiland-Hall filed a surreply and stated Beck had depreciated the value of the First Amendment by attempting to evade its reach in a legal proceeding outside U.S. courts. On October 29, 2009, WIPO ruled against Beck, concluding that Eiland-Hall was making a political statement through parody in a justified usage of the Glenn Beck mark.

Commentators noted Beck's actions led to a Streisand effect; his suit against the website drew increased attention to it. Representatives of Public Citizen, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Citizen Media Law Project were all of the opinion that Beck's trademark argument in his complaint against the website was ridiculous. The assistant director of the Citizen Media Law Project applauded WIPO's decision, saying, "It's good to see that this WIPO arbitrator had no interest in allowing Beck to circumvent the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution." Beck's representative declined comment to PC Magazine about the conclusion of the case. Lawyers for Beck did not respond to a request from National Public Radio for a comment about the WIPO ruling.

Bobbi Eden

Bobbi Eden (born Priscilla Hendrikse; 4 January 1980) is a Dutch pornographic actress and international magazine model. She was the runner-up for the Dutch Penthouse Pet of the Year. She had also modeled for magazines including Club, Men Only, and Soho.

She appeared with Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten in the video for his single "Watch Out". In the video, a tiny Corsten races around in a model racing car while Bobbi looms overhead with the remote control. She has written columns for the magazines Passie and Chick, and currently writes for the magazine Panorama.During the 2010 World Cup, Eden attracted media attention after her 28 June Twitter announcement, in which she promised to provide oral sex for all of her Twitter followers if the Netherlands team won the World Cup. The promise led to a large increase in the number of her followers. The Netherlands reached the final, subsequently losing 1-0.In May 2012, Eden signed a deal to be the first Dutch adult star to have a Fleshlight. In September 2012, she premiered a Dutch Reality TV Show called 'Bobbi in the USA' on Dutch Cable Network Meiden Van Holland. Eden signed a cam deal with IsLive.com in September 2012.She signed a contract to release an autobiography in 2014. In December 2016, she appeared on the Roast of Gordon Heuckeroth, the first Dutch edition of the Comedy Central Roast.

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress and comedian. In a career spanning over seven decades she has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards (record tied with Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a Daytime Emmy Award, and an Academy Award for her role in The Last Picture Show (1971).

As Miss Chicago, Leachman competed in the 20th Miss America pageant and placed in the Top 16 in 1946. Leachman's longest-running role was the nosy and cunning landlady Phyllis Lindstrom on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Phyllis, in the 1970s.

She also appeared in three Mel Brooks films, including Young Frankenstein (1974), starred as Beverly Ann Stickle on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life from 1986–88, and appeared as Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993).

In the 2000s, Leachman had a recurring role as Grandma Ida on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, and appeared as a roaster in the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget in 2008.

She was a contestant on the seventh season of the ABC reality competition series Dancing with the Stars in 2008, paired with Corky Ballas. She was 82 at the time and is the oldest contestant to have danced on the series. From 2010–14, she starred as Maw Maw on the Fox sitcom Raising Hope.

In 2017, she played the role of Zorya Vechernyaya on the Starz drama American Gods.

Comedy Central (Swedish TV channel)

Comedy Central (Swedish: Comedy Central Sverige) in Sweden is a television channel owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe, broadcasting to Sweden. Viacom International Media Networks have said that the channel will feature both original Swedish productions made for the channel and imported content.The channel applied for license to broadcast in the terrestrial network in Sweden in February 2008 and on 27 March 2008 they were granted a license to broadcast nationally between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. from 1 January 2009.

The channel launched on 1 January 2009, opening with an episode of South Park and the Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson. During its first month, the channel launched on Boxer, Canal Digital, Com Hem, Tele2, Telia Digital-tv, SPA, Borderlight and IP Sweden. The channel was added to the Viasat platform on 1 September 2009.On 5 October 2010, The Daily Show premiered on Comedy Central in Sweden, having previously been broadcast on Canal+ and Kanal 9. The show is broadcast at 7 p.m. Swedish time, only 14 hours after its original U.S. broadcast, and then repeated at 11.05 p.m. This is unusually fast as American talk shows are normally shown with a one-week delay in Sweden.

Programmes available include:

8 Simple Rules

According to Jim

Becker

Californication

Carpoolers

Roast

Dead Like Me

Dirty Sexy Funny

Everybody Hates Chris

Everybody Loves Raymond

Frasier

Important Things with Demetri Martin

Insomniac with Dave Attell

Kenny vs. Spenny

Mind of Mencia

Monk

New Kids

Out Of Practice

Rules Of Engagement

Sex and the City

South Park

Stand-up Saturday

The Colbert Report (Global Edition)

The Jeff Dunham Show

The King of Queens

The Office (US)

Unhappily Ever After

Frank Santopadre

Frank Santopadre is an American comedy writer and producer for television, radio and live events, currently working as a staff writer on ABC's The View and as the co-producer and co-host of Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast!.

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried also known as Gilbert Fagnitz Gottfried (born February 28, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice actor. Gottfried's persona as a comedian features an exaggerated shrill voice and emphasis on crude humor. His numerous roles in film and television include voicing the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin, Digit in the children's cartoon/educational math-based show Cyberchase, and Kraang Subprime in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Gottfried was also the voice of the Aflac Duck until 2011.

Since 2014, Gottfried has hosted a podcast, Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast, which features new episodes each week featuring discussions of classic movies and celebrity interviews, most often with veteran actors, comedians, musicians and comedy writers. Gilbert, a documentary film on Gottfried's life and career, was released in 2017.

Greg Giraldo

Gregory C. Giraldo (December 10, 1965 – September 29, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. He is remembered for his appearances on Comedy Central's televised roast specials, and for his work on that network's television shows Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, and the programming block Stand-Up Nation, the last of which he hosted.

Natasha Leggero

Natasha Leggero (born March 26, 1974) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She rose to fame after appearing as the host of MTV's The 70s House (2005), and for her tenure as a regular roundtable panelist on Chelsea Handler's late-night talk show Chelsea Lately. Her comedy, characterized as observational, has been noted by critics for its use of satire as commentary on such themes as celebrity culture and class.

Her stand-up television appearances include performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and she has appeared on multiple Comedy Central stand-up programs as well as their animated show Ugly Americans, wherein she voiced Callie Maggotbone. She also appeared in season 5, episode 7 of The League, playing the role of Andre’s (Paul Scheer) comedy class teacher.

In 2015, she co-created the period sitcom Another Period for Comedy Central, in which she starred alongside co-creator Riki Lindhome.

Nick Di Paolo

Nicholas Rocco "Nick" Di Paolo (born January 31, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, radio personality and podcast host. In July 2018, he launched his new audio and video podcast, The Nick Di Paolo Show. He was also an emcee on truTV Presents: World’s Dumbest.

Nick Kroll

Nicholas Kroll (born June 5, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer.

Kroll is known for the Netflix series Big Mouth, The Oh, Hello Show, playing Rodney Ruxin on the FX/FXX comedy series The League, and for creating and starring in the Comedy Central series Kroll Show. As a film actor, Kroll has had supporting roles in I Love You, Man, Date Night, Get Him to the Greek, Dinner for Schmucks, and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, as well as more prominent roles in Adult Beginners, Sausage Party, Loving, Sing, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, The House, Uncle Drew, and Operation Finale.

Nikki Glaser

Nikki Glaser (born June 1, 1984) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, podcast host, radio host and television host. She was the host of the television series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, which premiered on Comedy Central and Much on February 9, 2016.

Pete Davidson

Peter Michael Davidson (born November 16, 1993) is an American comedian and actor. He is a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Davidson has also appeared on the MTV shows Guy Code, Wild 'n Out, and Failosophy. He has performed stand-up comedy on Adam DeVine's House Party, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, and guest-starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Redneck (song)

"Redneck" is the first single from the heavy metal band Lamb of God, from their fifth album Sacrament, as well as the first single from the album. A music video was also produced for the song.

Vocalist Randy Blythe described the song's meaning in an interview with the magazine Metal Hammer:

"Generally, it's not about any one person in particular. It's about people in the music industry whose egos become needlessly inflated and they show it. It's a general song. It's applicable to anyone in their life. If a fan thinks, 'Oh, well, this guy is a prick,' go ahead and take it and make it yours."The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 2007. It appeared as Brian Posehn's introductory song on the Comedy Central "Roast of Bob Saget" and is featured on the track listing of THQ's Saints Row 2, EA Sports Big's NFL Street 3 and SCEA's ATV Offroad Fury 4 video games.

Reno Collier

Reno Collier is a stand up comedian who gained celebrity as the opening act for Larry the Cable Guy and with his own Comedy Central Presents special. He was also featured as a roaster for the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy. Collier was featured on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Next Generation.Reno Collier is a graduate of Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia. Reno was on the football team. He provided hours of comic relief on his many hours of tours in the front parapet of the school. He received his undergraduate degree from Elon College (now Elon University) in North Carolina. He Has two children, Gatlin and Emily, and lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.In July 2009, Collier hosted The Great American Road Trip on NBC. He was the host of the new Animal Planet reality competition show Top Hooker.

Sommore

Sommore (born Lori Ann Rambough; May 15, 1966) is an American comedian and actress. She appeared in the films Friday After Next, Soul Plane, Dirty Laundry.

Tony Hinchcliffe

Tony Hinchcliffe is a stand-up comedian and writer. He has been on the writing staff of the Comedy Central Roast series. He also appeared as a roaster on the All Def Digital Roast of Snoop Dogg that aired on Fusion in 2016.Hinchcliffe is known for dark and edgy subject matter and insult comedy. He is the host of the comedy podcast Kill Tony. His one-hour stand-up special One Shot premiered on Netflix in 2016.

Warp 11

Warp 11 is an independent rock band from Sacramento, California, that performs original songs with lyrics entirely about Star Trek. Warp 11 music covers a wide range of styles including alternative, classic rock, punk, country and blues. Their lyrics are humorous and sometimes profane. Warp 11 was interviewed in the Paramount Pictures documentary Trekkies 2. The Warp 11 song "Everything I Do, I Do With William Shatner" was included in the television broadcast of the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner.

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