Posted Aug 20, 2006 @ 3:18 AM
The Comedy Central Roast: William Shatner
10:00 PM ET -Comedy Central-
Former "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander hosts the Comedy Central roast of actor/"singer" William Shatner. Now, if there was ever a celebrity ripe for the roasting, it's Shatner -- and thankfully, he doesn't take himself too seriously and will probably join in the lampooning. The stable of roasters reads like a "Who's Who" of comedy and includes Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollak, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeffrey Ross and Fred Willard. Additionally, folks like Sharon Stone, "Boston Legal" co-stars Julie Bowen, Betty White and Rene Auberjonois, "TJ Hooker" co-star Adrian Zmed and "Star Trek" alumni Nichelle Nichols and George Takei will offer their own humorous (and hopefully naughty) anecdotes about "the Shat."
Posted Aug 20, 2006 @ 7:40 PM
The stable of roasters reads like a "Who's Who" of comedy and includes Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollak, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeffrey Ross and Fred Willard.
More like a "Who's That?" of comedy. I recognize a couple of the names, but couldn't pick any of these famous comedians out of a police lineup.
I hope this trend of identifying certain people like Shatner as ironically cool ends soon. I appreciate Shatner's kitsch, but have no interest in viewing a career retrospective on same.
Edited by FreeKeg, Aug 20, 2006 @ 7:40 PM.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 @ 10:49 PM
I don't know what's wrong with Farrah- maybe she was really drunk?
My favorite line of the night- Andy Dick is so gay he thinks Margaret Cho is funny.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 @ 10:53 PM
I was thinking of the roasts with the old-timers like Steve Allen, Carson, Joey Bishop, where they actually had to come up with decent material. At least they had that woman who could close it out okay, but Shatner deserved better. And after all the Comedy Central hype. I got took.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 @ 10:56 PM
Hey! It's one of Jason Alexander's writers! :)
More like a "Who's That?" of comedy.
Edited by Viscount of Monte Cristo, Aug 20, 2006 @ 10:57 PM.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 @ 11:28 PM
The rest of them blew. I guess we can be thankful that Silverman was kept to a minimum, DiPaolo never showed and Colin Quinn finally realized he wasn't funny.
When the best part of the roast is playing "who's that" during shots of the audience (and actually recognizing more people there than on the dais) you know it is pretty bad. CC was finally able to rustle up a good contingent of the B and C list and they end up with some of the worst "comedy" attempts ever. I wasn't sure which part was the worst. Dick's costume bit, Lange giggling at the end of each of his own jokes, Fred Willard, Nichelle or Farrah.
I can't believe they have Shatner to roast and that was the best they could do.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 @ 11:52 PM
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 12:04 AM
Of course, my TiVo cut out with a half-hour left to go, so I'm watching the rerun now to see the rest of it.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 12:05 AM
George Takei was very good though, as was Betty White. And I did like that one joke by that guy who showed Shatner a paper bag and asked him to act his way out of it. The rest was meh.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 12:12 AM
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Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 12:32 AM
She has more clarity than Farrah Fawcett.
Dude, my 8 year old niece's pet hamster has more clarity than Farrah Fawcett, so that really ain't saying much.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 12:53 AM
I was thinking of the roasts with the old-timers like Steve Allen, Carson, Joey Bishop, where they actually had to come up with decent material.
Those guys cleaned it up when the cameras were on, but there were also segments of of the old Roasts that were conducted just in front of audiences that were very blue. That's how blue comedians like Don Rickles and Red Fox got to be known as king of the roasts.
And I'm not sure I would include Joey Bishop in a list of classic comedic minds.
Edited by Elrhino, Aug 21, 2006 @ 12:57 AM.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 1:12 AM
edited to make a little sense...it's late
Edited by makelikeatree, Aug 21, 2006 @ 1:09 AM.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 1:25 AM
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 3:11 AM
C-word jokes might not be everyone's cup of tea, but no Patton Oswalt love?
"By the way, when I posted that joke on a message board, the response was LMFAOWIHABFAFUMRAWMMTMTTOMRFBNA. Which... means 'Laughing My Figurative Ass Off While I Have A Boba Fett Action Figure Up My Real Ass While My Mom Tells Me To Turn Off My Rush Fly By Night Album."
Oh, and I had never seen Shatner's pretty infamous Mr. Tamborine Man performance.
"MR. TAMBORINE MAAAAAAAN!!!!"
Edited by MichaelKnight, Aug 21, 2006 @ 3:15 AM.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 6:45 AM
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 6:50 AM
It seemed like a roast of anyone but Shatner. That was painful to watch, really.
It seemed more like a George Takei Roast than a William Shatner roast.
Not usually a fan of Andy Dick, but his "offspring of Spock & Kirk (Kock, which my closed captioning said Khan or didn't write at all) was funny. I think it was the only part that was totally relevant to Shatner, not to the whole crowd.
Yayayay, no Sarah Silverman.
George Takei took it in stride. Betty White was not funny. Farah? Why was she even there????
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 6:59 AM
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Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 8:50 AM
I caught the second half. It was pretty 'meh' overall. Too much reliance on vagina and gay-sex jokes. It says something really bad about the "talent" of the roasters when Sarah Silverman/Jimmy Kimmel made one of the two most clever jokes of the night. The other being the "Can you act your way out of this?" gag.
It's too bad Andy Dick is an irredeemable human being, because I almost enjoyed his bit in the Vulcan lovechild costume. I took it as a shout-out to slash and male-pregnancy fanfiction, which really did originate with Kirk/Spock.
Edited by NicoleAnell, Aug 21, 2006 @ 9:00 AM.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 @ 7:42 PM
Zmed, on the other hand, looked like someone applied a heat lamp to his face for days on end. I was actually scared for a moment.
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Posted Aug 22, 2006 @ 1:09 AM
I don't know why I watch these roasts. I laughed like twice. I liked it better than last year though. A lot more of the roasters seemed to have a genuine love and respect for Shatner.