You expect scabrous humor when Comedy Central mounts one of its roasts. The idea after all is to take a controversial celebrity and have a gauntlet of comedians and performers savage her or him. Past honorees have included Charlie Sheen, Flavor Flav, Donald Trump and Pamela Anderson.
But it was clear that the Roast of Roseanne which was taped over the weekend in Hollywood, was going to be a little nastier, cruder and more offense than usual -- even before the first insult was launched.
Comic Jeffrey Ross, who is a regular at these affairs, arrived at the Palladium and strutted the red carpet dressed as the late Joe Paterno: the chinos, the blue windbreaker emblazoned with a “P”, a whistle and flanked by …gulp, two young men wearing only white Happy Valley helmets and towels. Yeah, he went there.