Jeff Ross has skills. He’s got the unique ability to decimate a person with a single spoken sentence. While it might not be the most traditional, bankable skillset, Ross has found a way to use it to his advantage. The Roastmaster General has turned his talent into an empire of success.
Appearing on 10 Comedy Central roasts where he unleashed verbal beatdowns upon the likes of Pamela Anderson, Charlie Sheen, David Hasselhoff, his series, The Burn with Jeff Ross and his own book on the topic, Ross turns psychological annihilation into a fine art.
In his latest quest to offend, Ross has signed on to perform at the Outside Lands festival, taking place Aug. 9-11 in Golden Gate Park, wherein he’ll dutifully roast the entire city of San Francisco. “It’s a kind of anything-goes city, so there are a lot people with thick skin. I think it’s going to be a free for all,” Ross said during a conference call today. Along with lovingly laying into the City by the Bay, he also pledges to speed roast individuals. During his set he’ll invite volunteers up to the stage, which should add some “danger and risk,” he says.
As for anything being off limits, “To me there is never a line,” Ross tells Laughspin. He invites everyone attending the show to tweet him (@realjeffreyross) any boundaries you may want him to set, although he probably won’t pay attention to them.
Ross will perform alongside other comic greats like Maria Bamford, Craig Ferguson, Dave Hill, Natasha Leggero, Eugene Mirman, Morgan Murphy, Matt Braunger, Nick Thune and many more (see above image) at The Barbary, the all-comedy portion of the music and arts festival. For all the info you need, check out the fest’s official site. You may also be interested to know a few little-known musical acts like Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nine Inch Nails are performing.