Comedy Central aired its roast of David Hasselhoff last night, and it was predictably cruel and tasteless, so of course I loved it. Seth MacFarlane proved a capable roast master (and easy target), and the usual suspects of mean-spirited comedy were all there: Jeffrey Ross, Whitney Cummings, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, Gilbert Gottfried. And there was also a slew of Hollywood washouts up there to provide additional cannon fodder: Pamela Anderson, George Hamilton, Hulk Hogan, Jerry Springer.
I don’t have the time or patience for a full recap, but last night I’d’ve said that the three best performances (in order) were Greg Giraldo, Whitney Cummings, and Lisa Lampanelli. But now that I’ve slept on it, I don’t remember why I thought Giraldo and Cummings were so good, whereas Lampanelli and Gottfried both had far more memorable moments. I guess I should blame getting drunk for that valuable insight.
Anyway, the Examiner has a delightful list of the most offensive jokes told at the roast, and Gawker TV has the full video of Lampanelli’s bombastic set (to Pam Anderson: “You’ve had more surgeries than Roger Ebert”), but presents it with the headline “Did Lisa Lampanelli Go Too Far?” Surprisingly, that headline was written by someone with a man’s name, not Bitchface McPantywaist.
More clips below.
Here’s Lampanelli on Hulk Hogan. Given the especially nasty nature of Hogan’s divorce, I thought these were some of the most brutal jokes of the night.
Giraldo on Lampanelli: “I’ve never seen a circus bear in a pantsuit before.” Not as good as the slave ship joke told by Gottfried, but still pretty good.