And really, nasty is the idea. Roasts aren't done to make the roastee feel all warm and squishy inside (well, maybe the warm part). They can get really personal, really quickly. That's what makes them so interesting and these funny roast jokes show that.
With the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen almost upon us, I thought I'd take a moment or two to compile my these funny roasting jokes and bits from the Comedy Central Roasts. This is an Open List, so if I missed your favorite moment, feel free to add it (and while you're at it, vote for your favorites, too)!
Betty White Roasts William Shatner
The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner (which aired on August 20, 2006) is an instant classic - and it's hard to pick just one favorite video. Roasters included George Takei (making out with Jeffrey Ross), Lisa Lampanelli and Andy Dick. But it was Betty White who provided the biggest laughs (to me), as she recounts her sexual exploits with Shatner. In great detail. Right before the roast started.
Seth MacFarlane Roasts Donald Trump
Seth MacFarlane is set to be the "Roastmaster General" of Charlie Sheen's upcoming Comedy Central Roast - and here's one reason why he earns the title time and time again. Behold, the funny that is Seth MacFarlane, as he rips Donald Trump a new one (calling him "the second worst tragedy ever to hit New York City," among other things) during his roast in March of 2011.
Greg Giraldo Roasts David Hasselhoff
Comedian Greg Giraldo was a regular on the Comedy Central roasts, including the Roast of David Hasselhoff, which originally aired on the network on August 15, 2010. Weeks later, Giraldo died. This is his final appearance. And it's classic Giraldo. He totally kills it, particularly with the Gary Coleman joke. Giraldo will be missed.
Norm Macdonald Roasts Bob Saget
Comedy Central roasts always have those moments - those times when the audience seems downright divided about whether to laugh or scratch heads. This is one of those times. Norm Macdonald's roasting of Bob Saget is one for the ages. The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget originally aired on August 16, 2008. Yes, sweet, totally innocent Danny Tanner. And Norm went with that. For those who got it? This was one of the best moments from ANY Comedy Central roast, ever.