Sunday, August 18, 2013

Gilbert Gottfried -- Roaster Extraordinaire

I enjoy the Comedy Central roasts. Comedy Central aired the New York Friar's Club roasts from 1998 to 2002. Once the contract expired in 2002, they decided to produce their own version of the show. The roasts have turned into a bit of an event in our house. We don't miss them. This year, Comedy Central announced this year's roastee will be James Franco. More interesting (disappointing) to me than who they are roasting, is that Gilbert Gottfried is not going to be on the dais as one of the roasters. To me, Gilbert is the highlight of every roast he participates in. As I said, I enjoy all the roasts...even the ones that don't feature Gilbert. I love the other regulars, such as Jeff Ross, Lisa Lampanelli, (and more recently) Anthony Jeselnik, and Amy Schumer. But I'll miss seeing Gilbert this year. In honor of his brilliance in the roasts, I've collected his last five appearnces on the show here -- as well as a clip from The Aristocrats, discussing his telling of that famous joke during the roast of Hugh Hefner in 2001. Okay, on to the list.

The Bob Saget Roast (2008)

The Joan Rivers Roast (2009) 

The Roast of David Hasselhoff (2010)

The Roast of Donald Trump (2011)

The Roast of Rosanne Barr (2012)

And here's the clip from the Aristocrats...


1 comment:

  1. I am on the exact same page as you, I love Gilbert. I think the Roseanne one didn't do so hot, or so I've heard. I think they are trying to cater to a younger audience and bring in people who are more well known through Judd Apatow movies and newer SNL. Unfortunately, most of those people aren't comedians, they're actors who will most likely read whatever the writers give them.

    Get Gilbert Gottfried, and please don't this style of roast become a trend! :(