“Tonight we’re going to do what his parents and the legal system should have done a long time ago,” Roast Master Kevin Hart said in one promo for the event, which airs on March 30. “We’re about to give this boy a ass-whoopin’ that he deserves.”
A second ad features Jeffrey Ross revealing just how much America was looking forward to comedians mocking Justin Bieber. “The roast fans really want blood this time, even though most of your fans haven’t even gotten their periods yet,” Ross said. “But if you can take a joke, then so can the Beliebers watching tonight. Because face it Biebs, you’ve become a cocky little s–t. You are the King Joffrey of pop.”
And we don’t have to wait until March 30 to hear more from the Justin Bieber roast. Some of the best jokes have already leaked online following the March 15 taping. We particularly liked this jab from Pete Davidson: “Usher is the one who took you under his wing. You’re the worst thing that Usher has done to America, since the guy who sat John Wilkes Booth behind Abraham Lincoln.”
Hart, Ross and Davidson were just some of the celebrities who took part in the roast. The star-studded event also featured comedians like Hannibal Buress and Chris D’Elia, along with other celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg. Even Will Ferrell (as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy) showed up to have a few laughs at Justin Bieber’s expense.
“You people don’t know what the hell you’re talking about,” “Ron Burgundy” told the crowd. “As far as I’m concerned, this guy is doing it right…I always encourage people to stay classy. And what’s more classy than hanging out with Floyd Mayweather?”
Thankfully, Justin Bieber took his roasting in stride. After the event, he tweeted, “Tonight was one of the best nights ever. Thank you to everyone involved. Thank you.”
And Bieber took the Comedy Central roast as an opportunity to apologize to his fans for his previous bad behavior.
“Damn, you guys were brutal,” the singer said at the end of the night. “This was supposed to be a birthday present. When people ask me what I got for my 21st birthday, I’ll tell them I got my d— kicked in. I should have known. I lost some of my best qualities. I’m looking forward to being someone to be proud of. Someone close to me once said how you rise from a fall is how you are truly defined as a man.”