At Comedy Central’s latest celebrity roast, the Rob Lowe Roast, it seemed that Ann Coulter was the real object of the ire of the attending roasters. It was taped yesterday, Saturday, August 28.
The roasting of celebrities has been a tradition for decades. Dean Martin was famous for countless roasts back in the 1960s and 70s. But they were shown on broadcast television in a different era and so they seem tame by today’s standards. Comedy Central Roasts are no holds barred and are filmed live. The roasters are not forced to hold back, and since Comedy Central is on basic cable, the roasts are filled with “bleeps” of all of the profanity.
People known as comics’ comics, like Jeff Ross, Lisa Lampanelli, and David Spade have become regular roasters on Comedy Central. Spade served as Rob Lowe’s Roastmaster, and other roasters included Jimmy Carr, Pete Davidson, Bo Derek, and Rob Riggle.
The Rob Lowe Roast was certainly no exception, and after it airs, there will sure to be millions of Google searches for videos of the uncensored version. And no one held back, even though Sheryl Berkoff, Lowe’s wife, and their two sons, Matthew and John, were in attendance.
But something was different this time. And it wasn’t Rob Lowe.
Social media and the press were filled with posts about how Ann Coulter seemed to hijack the Roast. The New York Daily News wrote that Coulter seemed to have become “the focal point of the jaw-dropping TV special.” The paper said that the pundit was “obliterated” by the roasters, who even called on her to commit suicide at one point.
Rob Lowe was the object of plenty of abuse himself. Comics slammed his failed television series like the recently canceled The Grinder, which only lasted for one season. They also were sure to remind viewers about the time when Rob Lowe committed statutory rape 25 years ago.
You might think that Ann Coulter would be an obvious subject for her own roast. But most comics would probably say that making jokes about the conservative pundit might be too easy to be a challenge to take on.
Jeff Ross, who has become the dean of the new series of Comedy Central Roasts, was not to be left out at the Rob Lowe roast. He declared that, “Ann Coulter wants to help Trump make America great again. You can start by wearing a burka. You have a face that would make doves cry.” Ross later added this zinger, “Ann’s against gay marriage. What’s your thinking on that? If I can’t get a husband they shouldn’t, either?”
Comic Nikki Glasser slammed her at the Rob Lowe Roast, saying, “Ann Coulter has written 11 books, 12 if you count Mein Kampf,” and “Ann, you’re awful. The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave.”
Super Bowl champion quarterback formerly of the Denver Broncos Peyton Manning made a crack about Coulter’s looks at the roast of Lowe saying, “As you all know, earlier this year, Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby!” Since Manning played for the Broncos, he must know a thing or two about horses.
Even Ann Coulter acknowledged how absurd the situation had become when she began her monologue by saying, “I want to welcome everybody to the Ann Coulter roast with Rob Lowe.”
She also took a jab at herself, making fun of the book that Coulter just published praising Donald Trump for his integrity in sticking to his guns just as the Presidential candidate “flip-flopped” on his immigration stance.
“I’m only here for all the love and respect I have for Rob Lowe and all of the talented performers tonight. It has nothing to do with the book I published four days ago.”
And showing that she could take the heat, in spite of it being Rob Lowe’s night to be attacked, Coulter added that, “as a right-wing hate-monger, it is fantastic to be at a big Hollywood shindig with all these glittering celebrities that isn’t a fundraiser for Obama.”
Rob Lowe posted the following film of himself on Instagram just before he took the stage at the Comedy Central Roast last night. The actor added the caption, “Game time! @comedycentral roast of roblowe.”
It is customary for the “roastee” like Lowe to take the stage last and get some payback on the people who scolded him during the festivities, and Rob Lowe got his chance, too, last night.
Lowe showed that he understood that everything about him was said in good-natured fun saying, “If you’re in the NFL, hit hard. This is the NFL, you’re here to hit. There are other places to do soft jokes, if you’re on the Comedy Central Roast, you better bring your A-game.”
But not wanting to be left out at his own roast, Rob Lowe also knocked Coulter. The actor said, “Everyone is asking, why is Ann Coulter here tonight? Because the right-to-lifers wanted everyone to see what abortion looks like up close.”
Comedy Central will air the Rob Lowe Roast — and also Ann Coulter Roast — on Labor Day night, Monday, September 5, at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. Ann Coulter’s haters will probably be sure to tune in.
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