Comedy Central Roast

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Comedy Central Roast
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Premiere August 10, 2003
Latest September 2, 2013
Creator Comedy Central
Network Comedy Central
Style 90-minute comedy special
Produced 13
Origin USA

Comedy Central Roast is a series of comedy specials patterned after the NY Friars Club Roasts which Comedy Central first started airing in 1998 until the network instead began producing its own roasts.

These roasts have been a source of controversy for many who were fans of the earlier, sanctioned roasts in part because of the first honoree and a perceived conflict of interests. While Denis Leary is an experienced and popular comedian, he also has strong ties with Comedy Central, particularly in the year prior to the roast. In 2002, Leary starred in the parody series Contest Searchlight, frequently appeared on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and was named as an executive producer for Shorties Watching Shorties, which was in production by Leary's Apostle. Leary's roast was also produced by his own production company, which made the honor seem dubious and inauthentic.

Despite the issues associated with the roasts they are now produced annually, but instead of focusing on comedians and writers, they are almost entirely feature pop culture icons like William Shatner and Pamela Anderson. To further distance themselves from the dignity of the NY Friars Club Roasts, instead of booking friends and prominent comedians, the Comedy Central Roasts typically employ friends of the production company or people who have deals with Comedy Central like Nick DiPaulo, Greg Giraldo and Lisa Lampanelli.

The 2008 installment was originally reported to feature Willie Nelson, with an April 2008 recording and a June 2008 airdate. However, the recording was indefinitely postponed and was replaced by Bob Saget.

Specials

# Title Airdate
1 Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary August 10, 2003
2 Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy March 20, 2005
3 Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson August 14, 2005
4 Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner August 20, 2006
5 Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav August 12, 2007
6 Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget August 17, 2008
7 Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy March 15, 2009
8 Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers August 9, 2009
9 Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff August 15, 2010
10 Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump March 15, 2011
11 Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen September 19, 2011
12 Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne August 12, 2012
11 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco September 2, 2013

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Made-for-TV Movies
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored! August 3, 2004 1 purchase
Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson: Uncensored! February 14, 2006 1 purchase
Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner: Extended & Uncensored! March 20, 2007 1 purchase
Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav: Extended & Uncensored! February 12, 2008 1 purchase
Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget: Extended & Uncensored! December 30, 2008 1 purchase
Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff: Extended and Uncensored! January 11, 2011 1 purchase
Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen
Amazon DVD-R
April 10, 2012 1 purchase

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