Last night was the airing of Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber, and I’ll start out by saying that their is nothing unfunnier than a bunch of white people laughing too hard at the “n-word”.
With the previous few roasts having some hiccups (I’m talking about the failure of “The Situation” and Mike Tyson being ununderstandable) and Beiber being the target of the night, I expected it to be a great roast, and it didn’t disappoint.
The stage was full of a ton of tall people…and Kevin Hart. Now instead of breaking it down by throwing in a bunch of jokes, I’ll just leave that to People. Instead I’ll grade the roasters, as my God given American rights grant me to do.
- Kevin Hart — A great Roast Master and really funny throughout — A-
- Pete Davidson — He may be young, but there is a reason he is already on SNL. One of the funniest roasters of the night — A
- Ludacris — He was alright, but on a night of fairly strong “funny people” he was not one of the better ones — B
- Natasha Leggero — As with every roast there are a few “unknowns” who people haven’t heard make jokes before, and she was one of those for me. But with a few funny jabs at Kevin Hart she showed she belonged — B+
- Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal — The best of Shaq was when he went after Chris Paul and the “other team” in Los Angeles — B
- Chris D’Elia — There as “Justin’s favorite comedian” he did a good job of roasting Justin — B+
- Martha Stewart — Dirty old white woman always bring the laughs, and the house down — A-
- Jeff Ross — The ultimate Roast Master General made his yearly appearance from the hole he lives in, and while some think he overstepped lines by making 9/11 jokes (Davidson’s father died on 9/11), Pete did go there first, opening the door to jokes on those lines. His best joke was comparing Justin to a movie ticket — A-
- Snoop Dogg — Does anything else need to be said about him? It was SNOOP DOGG!!! — B+
- Hannibal Buress — Let’s be honest, no one knew of him before the Bill Cosby scandal, and no one knows of him after the Roast. He wasn’t funny and didn’t belong — B-
- Ron Burgundy — The cameo of the night, Will Ferrell showed up as his deadpan character, and delivered it to the best that his character allows — B+
- Justin Bieber — I hate the little Rugrat, but the roast of him was great, and the responses he dished were just as good. Ending with a “heartfelt apology” (I’ll beliebe it when I see it) he tried the ultimate PR move built into his roast — A-
Overall the Roast was really good, and one of the better recent ones. Justin is no Bob Saget, but he has enough dirty laundry that the jokes were aplenty. This roast gets an 8.5 out of 10.