During the taping of Rob Lowe’s Comedy Central roast this Saturday, the actor got slammed for his famously rocky career: his 1988 sex tape with a then-16-year-old, his trend of appearing on so many cancelled TV shows – but it was one of his roast’s guests that seemed to bear the brunt of the brutal comedy tradition.
Even Ann Coulter was forced to acknowledge the imbalanced amount attention she received. “I want to welcome everybody to the Ann Coulter roast with Rob Lowe,” she quipped.
The audience apparently approved of her slaughter. As Variety points out, she was booed for promoting her new book In Trump We Trust during the appearance. The most laughs she received during her bit was when SNL star Pete Davidson made an appropriately sarcastic face when one of her jokes fell flat.
Thanks to Variety, we have a few previews of some of the jokes targeting Coulter before the episode airs on Labor Day.
Nikki Glaser: “The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave.”
Peyton Manning: “I’m not the only athlete up here. As you know, earlier this year, Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby.”
Pete Davidson: “If you are here, Ann, who is scaring the crows away from our crops?”
Rob Lowe: “After seeing your set tonight, we’ve seen the first bombing you can’t blame on a Muslim.”
Jeff Ross: “Ann is against gay marriage. What is your thinking on that? If I can’t get a husband, they can’t either?”
Jewel: “I do want to say as a feminist that I can’t support everything that’s been said tonight. But as someone who hates Ann Coulter, I’m delighted.”
Rob Riggle: “If Ann Coulter is here, someone must have said her name three times. Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”
When the fact that Coulter would be joining the roast was revealed, it obviously elicited many questions. She has no clear connection to Lowe — even non-comedians Jewel and Manning had loose ties to the actor — and she’s not a comedian. But Lowe attempted to explain the choice at a Q&A with press backstage.
“I think the best daises are the daises that have people where you’re like, ‘What the f–k’? You need every flavor to make these things go right and cut them all together for a show,” he said.
The network’s roasts are notoriously brutal. Even legendary comic Norm MacDonald, whose humor travels to some dark places, doesn’t like the concept. So Coulter, regardless of her zero connection to Lowe, apparently thought the punishment was worth the book promotion.
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