June 13, 2013 by esarsea
I was on Youtube the other day, and saw that someone had posted a “Comedy Central” roast of William Shatner. When I saw the listing it brought back fond memories of the old Dean Martin roasts I enjoyed so much, so I clicked on the link and watched it.
Here’s the roast:
Now I’m no prude, and have told more than a few off-color jokes in my time. I’ve also been known to use an explative or two now and then. But these Comedy Central roasts are over the top. In particular, I find Lisa Lampanelli exceptionally vulgar.
I checked a few more Comedy Central roasts and they all seemed to follow the same format. Gay jokes, racial jokes, graphic sexual jokes, Jewish jokes and the excessive use of f-bombs. Fast forward the roast above to the start of Greg Giraldo’s bit at 09:45 to get an idea.
I guess I’m just not “Hip” anymore. This type of material actually makes me a little bit uncomfortable.
Here’s an excerpt from a classic Dean Martin roast (this one of Johnny Carson) featuring Rich Little, for comparison.
For my tastes, I find the later more entertaining.