I’m not even sure it aired up here, and regardless, I just wasn’t excited about it, for reasons spelled out here:
Noticeably absent at this year’s event were both Whitney Cummings and Gilbert Gottfried. Both are usually on hand to provide some of the most offensive content of the night, but this time Cummings is busy juggling network sitcoms and Gottfried is still trying to live down get fired from his job as the voice of a duck. Lisa Lampanelli was absent for unknown reasons.
And, of course, Greg Giraldo is still dead.
Actually, Gottfried hasn’t been a wallflower since the Japs pulled off their second worst sneak attack in U.S. history. He was all over the place promoting his new book, for instance. (Including an upcoming speaking engagement at the famous 92nd Street “Y”, which is not nothing.)
I figured I’d get to hear the jokes the next day or two from any number of online sources, and I was right:
Jeff Ross to Anthony Jeselnik: “Some say you’re the next Greg Giraldo. Let’s hope so.”
Anthony Jeselnik to Charlie Sheen: “Charlie, I don’t understand why you’re not grateful for what you have right now. I mean after all, the only reason you got on TV in the first place is because God hates Michael J. Fox.”
Jon Lovitz: “Did you know, according to the Torah, Charlie’s Jewish? And not because his mother’s a Jew, but because CBS paid him $50 million and he still sued the network.”
UPDATE — the cut jokes have come out too:
The whole Charlie Sheen saga left me cold, but I realize I’m alone in that. When we were waiting in LaGuardia, the usual TV was droning on, tuned to Headline News. No one paid any attention to it, until they did a segment on the (then) upcoming roast and half the people at the gate swilled themselves into uncomfortable positions to watch.
(PS: LaGuardia — which I assume will one day be renamed “Guiliani” — is a dinky little dump. I thought I was in the old bus terminal on Dundas Street.)
I’m gratified to learn that dissing Michael J. Fox is now socially acceptable in liberal Hollywood (due in part to his semi-cooperation), having just found out that Larry David devoted a ton of time to that topic on his disgusting unfunny show I never watch. These are the same people who attack Rush Limbaugh for daring to question Fox’s sainthood just a couple of years ago.
Lynn Crosbie and I are on the same a lot of the time, so I was really taken aback by her stance on roasts. She really, really hates them.