Comedy Central took over the time-honored tradition of the Roast in the early-to-mid-2000s, taking such high-profile names as Denis Leary, Pam Anderson, Bob Sagat, David Hasselhoff, Joan Rivers, Flavor Flav, Donald Trump, Roseanne Barr, James Franco and Charlie Sheen down a peg or two.
Roasts are that wonderful contradiction where a mix of someone’s close friends, Hollywood people they’ve never met, and/or a Comedy Central semi-famous comedic talent all try their best to talk bad about the guest of honor and each other, before the guest of honor gets to fire back in his/her end monologue. It’s usually done for charity, leaves lasting emotional scars covered by laughs, and can reveal serious comedic weak links who either can’t deliver, or can’t take what gets thrown back it them. It’s awkward, mortifying and hilarious to watch all at once – and now, it’s Justin Bieber’s turn in the hot seat.
Comedy Central reports that Bieber is going to be roasted in March – news which was confirmed in celebrity tweets from both Ryan Seacrest and “The Beebs” himself.
Lol. #BieberRoast— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 20, 2015
Bieber has been no stranger to controversy in the last few years. He’s emerged from his young pop-star phase to become a tattooed young adult sex symbol who constantly finds himself on the wrong side of the law, due to the usual excessive and reckless behavior typically endemic to young mega-stars with loads of money and youthful ambitions. Of course, being a pop-star has made Bieber the target of as many detractors as he has insatiable fans – so needless to say, whether in support of mocking him or defending him, Bieber’s presence on the Roast chair will draw a huge amount of attention.
For their part, Comedy Central is already making lite of the affair, as Comedy Central Content Development & Original Programming President Kent Alterman made clear in his statement:
“Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first. We’re thrilled he listened,”
Bieber seems to agree with that sentiment:
For years I have wanted Comedy Central to roast me. They said only if I provided them w/ more material so for a year now I have worked hard— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 20, 2015
Making fun of Justin Bieber is no new thing; like most people in the spotlight of fame, he has comedic shots taken at him all the time – most recently for his line of Calvin Klein underwear ads, which SNL made short work of:
The final piece of the equation is who the network lines up to make fun of Bieber. As stated, the usual mix is one-part famous friends, one-part funny comedians who don’t necessarily know the guest of honor, and at least one up-and-coming comedian that Comedy Central hopes to launch in a show (Anthony Jeselnik, Whitney Cummings, Nick Kroll…). How hard they go at Bieber remains to be seen – but the response will likely be tepid if they don’t at least burn him up, a little.
We’ll keep you posted on the exact air date and time of the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.
Source: Comedy Central (via Variety)