Thursday, September 3, 2015

The well-done roasting of James Franco

The Comedy Central special taped last night. Sounds like a killer.

The well-done roasting of James Franco

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This March 14, 2013 file photo shows actor James Franco at the LA premiere of "Spring Breakers" at the ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles. Franco will host and produce "James Franco Presents,"  a new series debuting in the fall on the Ovation channel. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
This March 14, 2013 file photo shows actor James Franco at the LA premiere of "Spring Breakers" at the ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles. Franco will host and produce "James Franco Presents," a new series debuting in the fall on the Ovation channel. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Comedy Central's latest roast victim is James Franco – actor/author/blank slate.

Last night, with Seth Rogen hosting, a number of celebs, including Aziz Ansari, Andy Samburg, Sarah Silverman, Jonah Hill and of course, Jeff Ross, turned up the heat on Franco, most of the jokes having to do with his sleepy affect, his disastrous hosting of the Oscars with Anne Hathaway, his authorial efforts and his ambiguous sexuality.

A sampler:

Rogen : “In all seriousness, he is a very hardworking actor. He once told me he worked for 36 hours straight, which I don’t believe -- the straight part, obviously.”

Natasha Leggero: “James Franco, acting, teaching, directing, writing, producing, photography, soundtracks, editing — is there anything you can do?”

Franco got a chance at the end to respond: “You say I sucked at the Oscars. I was a genius at the Oscars. That was experimental tuxedo sleep art.“

The comics also got to take a few vicious shots at the rest of the dias.

Ansari: “I saw Jeff Ross at a comedy club the other night. A woman comes up to him and goes, ‘Hey, if you’re who I think you are, I’m definitely sleeping with you tonight.’ And he goes, ‘Hell yeah I’m Jeff Ross.’ And she goes, ‘Oops sorry. I thought you were the main orc from the Lord of The Rings’.”

Ross: “Jonah almost couldn’t make it tonight because he had trouble finding a tuxedo that changes sizes every three hours. When Jonah’s agent told him that Quentin Tarantino wanted him to be in a spaghetti western, Jonah was like, ‘You had me at spaghetti.’”

The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco will get its first airing on Labor Day, Sept. 2.


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