Q101.com laughs merrily at these roasts comedy Central does. Flavor Flav’s? Brilliant. David Hasslehoff? Sidesplitting. So we watched with great interest at the buildup surrounding the upcoming roast of Charlie Sheen on Sept. 19. Chicago, you may recall, saved him possibly from oblivion. Remember his stage show tour? He was booed mercilessly by Les Miserables up in Detroit (who would schedule the START of anything in Detroit anyway? BIG mistake.) The world watched to see if Charlie would go into a tirade or funk or even worse after that horrible show in the Motor City. The following night, he played Chicago…and was applauded and lauded. Chicago embraced this wayward soul. So what would this roast do for Chuckles? Save him? Set him free? Crush him? Kill him? We waited with bated breath.
The Q101.com Review? This was the first Comedy Central Roast we’ve seen that was #NOTwinning. Roasting someone who is so clearly impaired and permanently damaged, it turns out, is not all that fun.
Jeffrey Ross, as usual, rocked- his Mo’ Gaddafi costume notwithstanding. Mike Tyson was as horrible as you might expect (his only solid hit coming at night’s end when shock-jerk Steve-O apparently broke his own nose running headlong across the stage into Tyson’s outstretched and once-lethal fist. Newcomer (to us at least) Anthony Jeselnik was pretty good. Kate Walsh? Truly hot, but NOT a comedienne. It appears one of the best zingers of the night, delivered during the live taping by the aforementioned Steve-O of all people, ended up on the cutting-room floor (It referenced the Rhode Island fire involving the band Great White in the early 2000s. If Comedy Central deemed it inappropriate to air, we will follow suit and not print it here. But as tasteless as it was, it gave the Q101.com Supreme Council a chortle, even an outright guffaw here in our underground lair).
How was the rest of the night? Read on in this write-up by Nuzhat Naoreen:
It’s been an interesting year for Charlie Sheen. From getting fired from his gig on Two and a Half Men to flooding Twitter with non-sensical ramblings (#winning anyone?), and most recently, appearing on the Emmys to wish his old co-stars good luck, he’s had his share of ups and downs. And tonight, he got called out for them.
Comedians Seth MacFarlane, Jon Lovitz, Jeffrey Ross and Mike Tyson (?), among others, were all on-hand for Sheen’s sometimes brutal Comedy Central roast, which aired shortly after his character’s mock funeral on Two and a Half Men (poetic timing much?).
The comedians took a no-holds barred approach, taking aim at Sheen’s history of employing prostitutes and using drugs (read eight of the meanest jokes here). Even Sheen’s kids weren’t off-limits.
“If you’re winning, this must not be a child custody hearing, said Ross. “The only time your kids get to see you is in reruns — don’t you want to live to see their first 12 steps?” Sheen laughed and applauded. The comedian also singled out Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller (who was in the audience), in an especially touchy bit alluding to the actor’s previous domestic violence charges.