Anger management issues, an open cellphone spat with his little girl, blundering siblings, a drooping career, wedding a yoga teacher half his age with whom he has four children younger than 6, and other arranged inadequacies, slips up, and emergencies were all reasonable game at Saturday night’s Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin.
For three and a half hours Robert De Niro, Caitlyn Jenner, Nikki Glaser, Adam Carolla, Chris Redd, Caroline Rhea, Ken Jeong, and Blake Griffin filled the Beverly Hills Saban Theater with quite NSFW analysis on the on-screen character. As far as concerns him, Baldwin substantiated himself a perfect roastee, interspersing his giggling with reactionary shots of positioned eyebrows, a dropped jaw, and a mouthed arrangement of progressively astounded wows.
An altered rendition of the Baldwin show airs September 15 on Comedy Central, yet here are the key takeaways.
Diversity Among The Roasters
“It’s good to see all the diversity on the stage,” commented Roastmaster Sean Hayes, a Baldwin pal since the latter’s initial 2005 appearance on Will & Grace. “We have gay, trans, black, Asian, mixed … I don’t know whether to roast these people or register them to vote.”
A Diverse Set of Roasters
Per regular, no subject was beyond reach. Members’ jokes were evening out, normalizing, and planned to join as opposed to outrage. In the convention of the notable Friars Club, whose saying remains “We Only Roast the Ones We Love,” dais individuals met up from divergent foundations to cultivate understanding … and make Alec Baldwin awkward.
Carolla Combats Culture
Adam Carolla, digital recording juggernaut and veteran roaster since taking on Hugh Hefner in 2001, ensured his end comments were among the boldest of the night. . “If I can rant for just one minute here,” he began before nodding to Baldwin. “You’re a great sport. You have a great sense of humor — unlike the social-justice warriors who are going to be out there tweeting that all the jokes are problematic. You people can blow me, you pussy fucksticks! This is a goddamn roast! Comedians need a place where they can be offensive without your bullshit fake outrage, you hashtag heroes! You already ruined the Oscars! You’re all woke and no joke! So if you were offended by anything said tonight, please give a reach-around to your emotional-support dog and shut the fuck up! This is our safe space, bitches!”
In his customary cleanup spot, Ross followed both the expert — “Alec, I saw you in the movie Pearl Harbor, which was worse than the actual Pearl Harbor!” — and the personal, asking his Greenwich Village neighbor, “I watched you get arrested for pummeling a guy over a parking space. Next time, why don’t you just valet your car and help out your brother’s business?”
Ross additionally demonstrated himself to be an unrivaled improviser, commenting to Carolla, “You once said women weren’t funny. Well, they are, and you should have hired some to write your jokes tonight!”
Caitlyn Jenner Got Heat Too
It’s no mystery that as a maker, Ross was biting the dust to bring 69-year-old Caitlyn Jenner available in whatever way she felt agreeable. The first transgender individual to take an interest in the Comedy Central roasts may have appeared the least demanding and most incessant objective, however she likewise had bigger objectives than just firing back. (Which she certainly did.)
Daughter Ireland Baldwin Got Her Shot at Dad Too
“A lot of people only know my dad as an angry guy, but he’s more than some lunatic who loses his temper. He also loses Emmys and Oscars and custody of his first-born child, am I right?
“Let me just set the record straight. He was a great dad. I still remember when he would tuck me in and yell me a bedtime story. His liked: ‘The Three Little Thoughtless Pigs.’”
Be that as it may, don’t stress: It finished well, with the two embraced by the end of the night.
De Niro Was the Real Star
As Hayes enthused before Baldwin made his big appearance, “Now let’s get to the real reason we’re all here tonight: to meet Robert De Niro!”
The venerated Godfather II, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas on-screen character showed up and was somewhat rambly at the monitor, yet he verifiably posed a potential threat over the evening. As Jeong put it, “Alec, you weren’t the star of 30 Rock, and with De Niro here, you’re not even the star of your own roast.”