Provided Rob Lowe doesn’t appear on a presidential ticket in the next few months and Roseanne Barr doesn’t take another crack at things, Donald Trump can stride into the final stages of the 2016 White House race with the ability to boast that he’s the only candidate with Comedy Central Roast experience. (Y’know, like Calvin Coolidge would if he were given the opportunity.) Just like Trump’s current presidential bid, there was no shortage of digs directed at The Donald at the 2011 basic cable event. There was just one topic that was apparently off-limits and it’s one Hillary Clinton probably won’t agree to exclude.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with comics Anthony Jeselnik and Lisa Lampanelli about their experience roasting Trump. Subjects like cancer, 9/11 and Trump’s family were all cool by the GOP nominee, but there was one supreme taboo.
“Trump’s one rule was ‘don’t say I have less money then I say I do,'” Jeselnik tells THR. “His kids were fair game. His wife was fair game. And I remember one of my jokes was about his casino business failing, and I could feel that hurt coming off of him. He didn’t like that joke, and I told a joke about people being glad he has cancer,” he says in amazement.
The cancer joke: “Donald, I’m not sure if you’re even aware of this, but the only difference between you and Michael Douglas from the movie, Wall Street, is that no one’s going to be sad when you get cancer.”
Jeselnik still chuckles when he remembers the moment. “I called him a douchebag to his face and that wasn’t as harsh as saying ‘you don’t know how to run a casino.'”