“I’m asking you to believe in a man with the voice of Stevie Wonder and the driving skills of Stevie Wonder.” Yes, that was roast master Kevin Hart’s introductory joke at the Bieber Roast on March 30, just before the 21-year-old fell from the ceiling. Sporting a new hairstyle that would be mocked the entire night, Bieber made his way to his seat to take one of the funniest roast poundings in Comedy Central Roast history.
The Bieber Roast marked the first Comedy Central Roast since actor James Franco’s in 2013. Roasters included fellow 21-year-old and Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, comedians Chris D’Elia, Hannibal Burress and Jeff Ross (veteran roaster), rappers Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, TV personality Martha Stewart, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and actress Natasha Leggero.
The night consisted of great jokes regarding Bieber’s recent past and immediate rise to stardom. Personally, I thought some of the jokes toward the other roasters were even funnier than the ones toward Bieber. Pete Davidson opened it up and he killed it. He ripped Ludacris and Kevin Hart real well and was also probably the most “messed up” roaster, making some really harsh jokes regarding his father’s death during 9/11. But none the less, he was hysterical and being one of my favorite up and coming comics, I loved watching him.
Ludacris, in my opinion was the worst but still pretty funny. Natasha Leggero was next and also had some great jokes. She shredded Kevin Hart. Shaq followed, ripping not just the roasters and Bieber but also taking some shots at the crowd, calling out Chris Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers squad. Chris D’Elia was up next and wasn’t bad and then came Martha Stewart, who looked like she didn’t know where she was but definitely did not disappoint. After her was roast veteran Jeff Ross. Ross is at every Comedy Central Roast and he kills it every time, probably because he doesn’t do anything else. Next was Snoop Dogg, who had a great opening joke comparing Hart to Bill Cosby. To close was Hannibal Burress who is known for exposing Bill Cosby before all the rape allegations came out. He was okay. And don’t forget the surprise appearance by Ron Burgundy who made me cry from laughing so hard.
Overall, every roaster had a handful of hilarious and messed up jokes, even Bieber when it was his turn, though I doubt he actually wrote them. The roast was probably the funniest I’ve seen, topping the most recent—James Franco and Charlie Sheen.
And for all the bullshit that Bieber spewed after his set of jokes, about how he’s going to be a better person and not screw up all the time anymore and everyone will eventually be able to look at him and be proud of him, that’s most likely not going to happen. But for one night, the biggest and perhaps one of the most loved and hated stars in the world got what he deserved. The jokes were priceless and it was another amazing roast to add to the list.
So if you still haven’t seen it, you should.