How would you like your Charlie Sheen prepared? Fried and baked are obvious choices (zing!), but come September, Comedy Central is guessing audiences will want to see him roasted. The cable network plans to air The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen less than an hour after Sheen’s former show, Two and a Half Men, begins its ninth season with new star Ashton Kutcher.
After the year Sheen has had – from the outrageous interviews, run-ins with the law, and subsequent high-profile removal from CBS’ number one-rated sitcom, one might ponder whether the actor has been chasing the opportunity to be roasted all along. No doubt Sheen’s off-camera (and recently onstage) antics have opened the door for the less-than-flattering remarks that permeate such events.
Sheen recently addressed that point by saying, “You could say I’ve been providing kindling for this roast for a while. It’s time to light it up. It’s going to be epic.”
In 2003, Comedy Central began to produce their own roasts -- beginning with actor/comedian Dennis Leary. Since then, the roasts have earned huge ratings – despite (or, more likely, because of) the typically raunchy and uncensored thrashing received by that year’s roastee.
Previous celebrities to have been roasted by Comedy Central include: Jeff Foxworthy, Pamela Anderson, Flavor Flav, Larry the Cable Guy, David Hasselhoff, Joan Rivers, Donald Trump, Bob Saget and recent octogenarian, William Shatner.
While the roastmaster wasn’t mentioned, the last two roasts – Trump and Hasselhoff – were handled by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. We’ll have to wait and see if the man who brought us the Griffins will be the first to lob insults at Sheen – or if that honor will go to someone else.
Sadly, because the event will be taped prior to airing, there will likely be no reaction to how Chuck Lorre decided to kill off Sheen’s character in Two and a Half Men. Either way, according to Comedy Central’s head of original programming, Kent Alterman, the roast should touch on pretty much everything else.
“Charlie has assured us that nothing will be off limits in this Roast... which scares even us… Even I'll admit, this should provide some jaw-droppers, I can't wait to see who is on the dais.”
No doubt the list is already quite long. Though it is unlikely (contractually speaking) that they will show, ratings would go through the roof if the network could coax appearances out of Sheen’s former Two and a Half Men cast members Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. In lieu of Cryer and Jones, another high-profile guest (and likely no-show) could include Sheen’s sometimes controversial and outspoken director on Platoon and Wall Street, Oliver Stone.
Interestingly enough, Comedy Central had intended to roast Kid Rock (twice), but the musician stipulated the event must take place in his hometown of Detroit. Because the network wasn’t able to secure an acceptable venue in The Motor City, Rock's roast had to be pushed back yet again. There’s been no word on whether Comedy Central has plans to reschedule Rock for a third time, or simply replace him with Sheen’s roast.
The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen will air September 19 @ 10pm on Comedy Central.
Source: TV Line