A few days ago Comedy Central unleashed the announcement that Charlie Sheen will be roasted in September and there has been plenty of buzz since. I recently posted about how roasts need more class, (i.e. roasting the ones we love), one can’t help but think of who should be roasted instead of Sheen.
I get the the sense that roasting one of the most hated men in America will translate to solid ratings. But does it make sense from a comedic standpoint?
Wouldn’t a roast of Jon Stewart not only be watched by a significant number of people, but also be funnier and more interesting? No doubt some of the best comics of Stewart’s generation would show up — Louis C.K., Marc Maron, Dave Attell, Greg Proops and more — as well as some of the world’s top TV journalists — Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer — and pundits — Bill O’Reilly, Nancy Grace, Glenn Beck — to throw well-written insults at American’s favorite fake news anchor.
Also, after each roaster finishes up their set, they could say something else besides, “Thanks for being a good sport” or feigning respect for the guy they just insulted for three minutes.
Also, the roastee, in our scenario, would be more than capable of leveling insults right back at the dais. Oh, you want more examples of a roastee for a “classier, old school” roast with not enough mass appeal to score high ratings? Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin and Louis C.K.
Who do you want to see roasted? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.