Jeffrey Ross Is Awesome

August 6th, 2012 // 49 Comments
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Not only did Jeffrey Ross show up to the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr dressed like Joe Paterno, complete with young naked boys in towels, he also dropped the following Dark Knight Rises shooting joke on Seth Green which Comedy Central won’t air. Via TMZ:

“Seth, congratulations. This is actually a great night for you … you haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora. … I’m kidding. You are not like James Holmes. At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember!”

Except that’s not even the most awesome part. This is:

Ross later admitted he crossed the line — but told NBC News, “That is what Roasts are about.”

Did you see that? Do you see what just happened there? A comedian simply went, “Yes, what I said could be considered offensive, but that’s what we do,” AND LEFT IT AT THAT. No forced apology. No bullshit statement where his heart can’t even comprehend the devastation of this tragedy, so it’s split into millions of tiny hearts, all breaking in symphony from the pain. Dane Cook and T.J. Miller would’ve been slap-fighting each other to make the first grieving Batman meme Tumblr account because apparently comedians are sensitive flowers now. “See? Batman’s carrying that little girl out and giving her to Heath Ledger in Heaven. I drew that with my tears, girl.”

Photo: Getty, Splash News


  1. duder

    God I love Jeff Ross. Thank god someone’s telling jokes who isn’t a total pussy.

    • Taylor

      Unlike the Comedy Central pussies who cut the line about Seth Green. Bastards!.

    • Agreed, but unfortunately, it’s the pussies who end up being wildly successful and rich, because they are palatable to the bland tastes of middle America. Nothing too shocking for them as they sit on their couches getting fat eating sandwiches made of turkey loaf, american cheese, Miracle Whip, and Wonder Bread.

      • “to the bland tastes of middle America”

        Hipster alert. You’re wearing a knit beanie right now, be honest.

      • Be honest – you’re over 300 lbs and you’re excavating the last bit of Miracle Whip from the bottom of the jar with a slice of olive loaf. Or a Twinkie.

      • Joaquin ingles

        Well he’s right, it does pay to put out generic, pussified entertainment. Look how many grown women read that shithead Nicolas Sparks.

  2. lorddarkhelmet

    Wait…wouldn’t it really be Sandusky he dressed as? Also, I don’t remember either of them having long curly hair. Regardless of that Ross is awesome and there really is no need to apologies.

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    Sven Golly
    Commented on this photo:

    Boy, I worked up a sweat. Let’s hit the showers!

  4. Cock Dr

    Remember that here in America nothing is sacred, and that’s the way it should be.

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    HEADLINES: “Someone said something offensive at a roast. Civilization as we know it threatened. Gun sales spike nationwide”

  6. I would like to suck him off.

  7. alex

    I disagree with all of you. Tasteless humor isn’t necessarily funny humor…and in this case he’s obviously trying to cash in on being “shocking.”

    Its not a question of being sacred either, its a question of being funny. Personally, bringing two towel boys to the show isn’t funny, its just stupid. Seems like something Dane Cook would do if he had any balls.

    I don’t think anything is taboo in a comedy routine but I do think it should at least be funny.

    • Arlene

      You’re right. It would have been funnier if he dry humped them on the red carpet.

    • Funny is subjective. What’s hilarious to you, might not get a chuckle from someone else.

    • I more or less agree with this. However, I think the Seth Green joke was funny as hell (“At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember!” was awesome). But I do agree that offensive humor is fine so long as it’s funny or original (preferably both). I got pissed at the Daniel Tosh thing, not because he made a rape joke, but because he made a really lame statement that served no humorous purpose. Jokes about rape, murder, and other heinous things can be amazing jokes; the problem is most of them are not.

  8. Ronaldo

    Ross was very funny this morning in the Howard Stern Show.

    • Mike Walker

      The bar is set pretty low on that show these days, given the in-studio talent and burned out host.

      • Ronaldo

        Howard still makes me laugh and others find him still funny. Clearly you are not a fan. You dont like him dont listen. Taking shots at him? You must be the fan of another wannabe radio host.

      • I don’t know, I used to like Howard Stern, but I hadn’t listened to him in a long time for various reasons (I mostly stopped listening to radio period). But I caught a couple of his shows on the internet, and holy shit have they gotten lame. Maybe those were just off days, but if they’re representative of his work, then he has indeed become really shitty.

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    I am getting really “Sikh” of these mass shooting jokes : )

  10. I’m not sure I’m on board with the whole “comedians can say anything offensive because that’s what they do,” but reading and re-reading Jeff Ross’s comments, I don’t see where he crossed any line. Ultimately, he’s not making light of a tragedy. He’s just using it to make fun of Seth Green.

    • And Seth Green isn’t a tragedy?

    • Colin

      The debate about what’s funny could go on forever; different strokes for different folks. But he has a point when he said IT WAS A ROAST. The entire POINT of a roast is to make fun of one of the people on stage with you while making a reference to pop culture or current events that makes the audience think “I can’t believe they went there.”

      • Sorry, but I’m not buying this “it’s a roast, so they can say whatever they want with impunity” defense. That’s like saying that if only Michael (“Kramer”) Richards went on that n-word rant at a roast, it would have been okay.

      • You apparently haven’t seen any of Lisa Lampenelli’s roast.

      • The purpose of a roast (at least nowadays) is to be as ridiculously over-the-top offensive as possible. That’s just the venue. It’s not for everybody.

  11. vgrly

    He must have gigantic balls…

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    Wood paneling and finished-basement carpeting? Are we sure this isn’t gay porn?

  13. judgingyou

    He was funny, that’s the difference in these situations.

  14. w/e

    Jeffrey’s joke was actually funny which is why it is okay and needed no apology. On the other hand, the other comedians are just so terribly unfunny they are only using horrific events for shock factor and to remain relevant.

  15. El Jefe

    The difference between being funny and *cough cough* Dane Cook.

  16. direchef

    Thank you Jeff, and thank you.

  17. CrashHell

    It’s good to see Jeff Ross dress business casual to one of these things for a change…POW PING BOOM!

  18. me

    I don’t watch these roasts, but seen a doc. on an entertainer that was roasted. She was almost in tears looking back on the things they said to her. Everybody is supposed to have thick skin, even the victim’s families in Colorado- just so people with no empathy and stuck in a basement type metality can get a good laugh. And shame on the editors that want to save people from getting hurt and infuriated?? They’re pussies…. how?? I bet the children that got raped in the shower, all grown up now were just rolling on the floor with laughter, no thought of being raped, just the humor of it all the pain having a man inside their ass, and humility, the nightmares……. bahahahhaa!!

    • Frunken

      So something that personally affects, at most, 200 something people should dictate entertainment seen by millions because they MIGHT see it? K.

    • I’m sorry, but if you don’t have thick skin, there’s nothing saying that you have to take part in a roast. If the “female entertainer” was in tears, then it’s because she couldn’t deal with what she agreed to. It’s not a secret that roasts are among the most offensive forms of expression, and if you don’t like it no one is making you have one.

      As for people watching it, again, roasts are one of the most offensive things they’ll air on TV, if you don’t want to be offended, don’t watch.

      • me

        I’m pretty sure I read a poll on another site that said 70% found it unfunny and 30% thought it was funny. I think you can be offensive/funny without going completely over the top. Comedians that aren’t really funny to me, go for this kind of shock humor. But, I guess those 30% count too. Got to cater to everyone even if it is at someone else’s expense. I personally think we should round up people that think innocent people getting killed and raped is hilarious and humorous, and give them a taste of that. You know, so they can get a good laugh at themselves and have funny stories to share with their friends and family.

      • me

        the doc I watched was about Joan Rivers. Her skin is pretty damn thick, showed her getting heckled and she gave it right back and got applause for what she had to say. She’s one of the greatest comics, but I guess since she got all that surgery, she’s supposed to take what judgements come her way like it doesn’t affect her. She knew that’s what they were going to go at, and they sure did, in a nasty way. These roasts aren’t as good as the old ones. They didn’t seem so contrived, and the jokes were fast and witty back then. Now it’s more like a “yo mamma” type genre. Oh well, I don’t watch them, guess I shouldn’t complain. :)

  19. The whole point of a roast is to say the worst shit you can say to the people on stage. It’s a very mean spirited thing. You got to have thick skin and a solid sense of humour to sit there and take that kind of abuse.

  20. Kevin

    As a comic myself, I’ve always believed that you should only make jokes you’d be willing to make in the presence of all affected. There’s no way Ross would do that in either of these cases, so he must play by different rules than I do.

  21. Negrodamus

    I think you mean they’re not going to air the joke, not “they didn’t air” the joke. Thing hasn’t aired yet, dude. Try to keep up.

  22. Negrodamus

    Also, for the love of GOD, look into T.J. Miller’s humor. He can offend with the best of them. There’s a difference between being a “sensitive flower” and thinking Dane Cook is an entitled dickhole.

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