Remember when roasts used to mean something? Back in the days when names like George Burns and Jack Benny would get together and tear apart a member of the New York Friars’ Club, then a prestigious group of comedians and actors?
Unfortunately, a few other people liked the idea as well, and have decided to run with it in a string of “roasts” for such names as Pamela Anderson, Flava Flav, and Joan Rivers. These picks are painfully easy targets, which turns the concept of a roast into an “acceptable two hours to make fun of you, and you can’t be mad about it.”
Don’t get us wrong, there have been a few choice guests, including Bob Saget, William Shatner, and Denis Leary, but the newest pick of David Hasselhoff has proven that the network is really scraping the bottom of the D-List barrel. The Hoff doesn’t seem to be in on the joke, as he still thinks these events carry as much prestige as they used to.
“I’m honored that COMEDY CENTRAL is going to get ‘Hoff’ on me,” said David Hasselhoff. “I have always been a major fan of Roasts, dating back to the days of the ‘Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.’ Laughter is the best medicine. Bring it on! I’m ready to take the heat.”
Expect tons of drunk jokes, and more than too many references to Baywatch and Knight Rider. At this point, the only thing that could possibly bring us in to watch the special would be a few a-list comedians or guests who will surprise us with their unbridled raunchiness. We all remember Bea Arthur’s tribute to Pam Anderson.
The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff will shoot sometime this summer, and is set to air on August 15th at 10:00 pm ET/PT.