Last night, the Comedy Central Roasts series finally trotted out James Franco for mauling—ironically the one guy you’d want to make cry, But this show was different. It was not like other roasts, as someone (Jeff Ross?) pointed out, mostly because there weren’t a bunch of strangers making vicious fun of a celebrity on stage together. Instead, Mr. Franco’s roast looked more like a party from This Is the End, which I have heard is a movie that begins with a party at James Franco’s house with all of his friends “dogging” each other.
That is certainly what last night was all about! And it genuinely made for a better roast, in our opinion, because it wasn’t just Lisa Lampanelli and Mr. Ross venting their life grievances on whoever is unfortunate to be on stage with them. It was more like bro-time, with the Judd Apatow bros! (In fact, there were only two women: Sarah Silverman and Natasha Leggero.) James Franco didn’t really get roasted, unless in the sense that the president gets “roasted” at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, where all the jokes serve to reinforce the personality and ideals of the roastee. Ha, ha, you are into “hope and freedom, Mr. President!” Like that, except it was about art and being gay. Read More