August 26, 2013 |
After Comedy Central's roast of James Franco on Sunday (a.k.a. the night Miley Cyrus went cray-cray at the MTV Video Music Awards, and 'N Sync reunited), the honoree could sum it up only one way. "It was pretty dirty up there," Franco said backstage after the nearly three-hour-long taping. "I didn't look at my grandma during some of the speeches. " Of course, he noted, she's seen her grandson in "Sonny," a film directed by Nicolas Cage in which Franco plays a male prostitute, so we're guessing nothing makes the 91-year-old flinch anymore.
August 2, 2013 |
Seth Rogen has just been announced as the roast master for the upcoming Comedy Central roast of James Franco. Which guarantees two things: The proceedings will get very raunchy, and there will be a lot of jokes about weed. Rogen and Franco first teamed up in 1999 on the TV series "Freaks and Geeks" and have since joined forces on "Pineapple Express," "This Is the End" and the forthcoming "The Interview. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The roast will tape at Culver Studios on Aug. 18 and air on Labor Day, Sept.
December 10, 2012 |
Ooooh, the holiday season does bring out the cranky in some people, doesn't it? When our S. Irene Virbila wrote a blog post the other day about her new favorite roast chicken - from British chef Simon Hopkinson's “Roast Chicken and Other Stories” - some of the online commentary got a little hot. The issue is one of timing - Hopkinson (and Virbila) call for roasting the chicken for 40 to 60 minutes with the oven first on high heat at 475 degrees, finishing at 375 degrees. Someone calling himself “wordsmyythe” wrote: “I guarantee if you follow these directions exactly as stated, you'll have raw chicken on the inside.” And that was mild compared to the ironically named “decentdiscourse” who opined, “Where did they find a food writer who believes a whole chicken at 400 degrees will be ready for basting in 15 minutes and ready to eat less than an hour later?
July 10, 2013 |
James Franco can currently be seen on the big screen as a party-happy survivor of the apocalypse in the hit comedy "This Is the End. " But the actor-writer-producer is about to face his own comic apocalypse: Franco will be on the hot seat on Labor Day for Comedy Central's annual roast. The special, which will tape in Los Angeles in August, will feature stars, comedians and others taking humorous, sharp-edged aim at Franco. "If only James Franco was a more successful, multi-hyphenated incessant creative risk-taker in different media, he'd be the perfect person to roast," said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for Comedy Central.
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October 22, 1993
Enough already! Hardly worthy of newsprint (although fittingly it was the lead story on local television news broadcasts), the Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg "blackface" incident has now garnered an editorial (Oct. 12) and two commentary pieces (Karen Grigsby Bates, Oct. 13 and Michelle Williams, Oct. 14) in The Times. Lighten up, folks; humor is generally offensive to someone--that's much of what makes it funny. Poles (and Aggies) have been the butt of jokes for generations, lawyers the object of cruel humor, and politicians are always fair game.
August 6, 2012 |
Comedian Jeffrey Ross knew he would upset some people when he showed up at the taping of the "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne" dressed as deceased Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. But when he unleashed a few jokes connected to the recent "The Dark Night Rises" shootings in Colorado, he knew that the jokes would not make the Aug. 12 broadcast. And that's fine with him. "Yes, I crossed a line, and that is what the roasts are all about," Ross told NBC News. "That's what Roseanne is about -- unapologetic comedy.