Comedy Central Roasts The Donald
Last night many tuned in to watch Donald Trump, aka “The Donald,” get roasted by actors, musicians, and comedy’s finest acts; and then came The Situation.
Trump’s roast began as many do, with an introduction by the Roastmaster Seth MacFarlane, and subsequent low blows by comedians like Lisa Lampanelli, known for her shockingly harsh jokes and jabs. Other roasters to join in the fun were Jeffrey Ross, Whitney Cummings, Marlee Matlin, Larry King, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Jeselnik, and Mike the Situation from The Jersey Shore.
It seemed glaringly obvious that most of the group lacked even a remote acquaintance to the roastee, Dopald Trump. Even still, the jokes delivered were a great combination of funny, gross, sexual, and at times offensive — but I guess you don’t watch this brand of comedy to see everyone be politically correct, right?
Due to the missing personal relationships with Trump, many of the jokes missed on the personal connection, and they suffered for it. The most funny of the jokes came when the comedians turn more on each other, from making fun of Whitney Cummings for her sexual encounters and Lampanelli for her weight and sexual preferences towards black men, to joking with Jeffrey Ross about not being funny, and Snoop for his drug use and criminal history.
The most awkward moments of the evening came when Mike “The Situation” made his comedy debut on the roasting stage. The audience remained largely silent, only laughing when the tension was so high, they didn’t know what else to do.
The Situation bombed so hard it was difficult to watch. He was nearly booed off stage (multiple times) when Jeffrey Ross came up to the podium and asked the audience to let him finish. It was even difficult to tell if “The Sitch” knew how bad he was doing; with a smug look on his face he said, “Maybe comedy ain’t my game right now.”
It is rumored that Mike’s set was even more painful to watch in person. In fact, Comedy Central had to cut some of his jokes for being racist and offensive. It sure says something when Comedy Central has to cut a section from a roast when the format is known to be shockingly harsh.
TMZ reports that these are some of the awful jokes cut from the broadcast:
Situation to Snoop: “Trump’s ancestors were into real estate … and your ancestors were considered property.”
Situation on Marlee Matlin: “I’m not from New Jersey … I was born in Staten Island which is a New York borough … not to be confused with the burro Marlee Matlin blows onstage in Tijuana … ” He continued, “Relax, she didn’t even hear it … I mean hey, at least her mouth is good for something right? Hey, that was definitely some great work Marlee … have you ever done anything else actually?”
Situation on Larry King: “I like Larry King … he’s a playa … he actually wrote a book named ‘Mr. King Is Having a Heart Attack’ … he got that title from a hooker he was f**king.”
It was bad. Really bad.
But after The Situation sat down in his seat, the rest of the roasters took the stage and delivered what the audience had come for — humor.
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