• Robert De Niro telling Jeffrey Ross’s jokes in upcoming film

    Is it the return of Rupert Pupkin? Not quite! Robert De Niro may not be putting on the spiffy suit but he will return as a stand-up comic on the big screen. In Art Linson’s The Comedian, De Niro will play an insult comic reminiscent of Don Rickles. Consulting on the script was Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross, who is a beloved part of the Comedy Central and Friars Club roasts.

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    Justin Bieber Comedy Central Roast: New Video Teasers Show Kevin Hart And Jeffrey Ross Mocking Singer’s Arrests

    Comedians took turns roasting Justin Bieber in a Comedy Central special set to air later this month. And new videos and details from the event show that nothing was off limits. “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

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    Justin Bieber Comedy Central roasters revealed, Seth Rogen is silent despite #WeWantSeth (Video)

    The highly-anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber has cast its roasters. Comedians Hannibal Buress, Chris D’Elia, Natasha Leggero and Jeffrey Ross will join celebrities ex-felon Martha Stewart, rapper Ludacris, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and veteran roaster Snoop Dogg in ripping apart faux bad boy tween heartthrob Justin Bieber. Kevin Hart will take on the duties of Roast Master. Justin Bieber is the butt of many jokes whether by late

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    Did Jimmy Kimmel buy the naked Bea Arthur painting for comedian Jeff Ross? (Poll)

    Over the weekend, a fun little comedian controversy played out. It involves Jimmy Kimmel, Jeffrey Ross and a nude painting of the late, great Golden Girls star Bea Arthur. The painting was purchased for $1.9 million at auction recently, but the buyer’s identity wasn’t revealed—that is, until Ross thanked Kimmel for the painting via Twitter and included a photo of himself holding said work of art. Biggest surprise of my

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    SXSW Comedy, Day 1: Comedy Bang! Bang! and Burning Love

    AUSTIN — Hey hey, everybody! I’m back for my third year of sharing some of the lovely comedic jewels of Austin, Texas’s South by Southwest with you friendly Laughspin readers. This year, the fest has bulked up its comedy offerings substantially: three different venues with simultaneous shows, podcast tapings, stand-up showcases, parties, mass hysteria. Get ready, because it’s about to get real. It seemed fitting to kick off the fest

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    Andy Dick and D.L. Hughley join Dancing with the Stars, Dick once turned down the ABC show

    Comedians Andy Dick and D.L. Hughley will compete on the sixteenth season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars this year, it was announced on Good Morning America today. But what people might not know is that Dick actually turned down an offer to be on the show during its first season in 2005. In an interview conducted in October of 2011, Dick told Laughspin he regretted his decision,

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    Comedy Central renews ‘The Burn with Jeff Ross’ for a second season (Videos)

    After a successful run this year on Comedy Central, the network today announced it will bring back Jeff Ross’ weekly roast-themed series The Burn. “I’m delighted to be off the road for a while and back to work on The Burn,” says Ross. “I consider it my personal mission to roast the world’s big shots, bullies, and big mouths every single week. The network only had two demands: that I

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    Who did dictator chic better– Jeffrey Ross or Sacha Baron Cohen?

    Last September Jeffrey Ross showed up to Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen costumed as Muammar Gaddafi, walking the red carpet with two, um, lovely ladies. Last night, professional prankster Sacha Baron Cohen arrived to the Oscars red carpet donned as General Aladeen, the fictitious composite from his upcoming flick The Dictator — out May 11 – also with two gals in tow. So, we need to know what you

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    Let’s take a long, hard look at Comedy Central’s development slate for 2011-2012

    This morning Comedy Central released its development slate for 2011-12. So, what does that mean? Basically, it’s a giant list of shows the network is officially working on for the next year. An incredibly small number of these shows will actually see the light of day. But it’s exciting nonetheless to see some great comedians making some huge strides in the business. So, let’s get to it, shall we? Perhaps

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    Why Mindy Kaling hates televised roasts and why we disagree with her

    In Mindy Kaling’s new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) — in stores Nov. 1 — The Office co-star, writer, director and producer comes out hard against the concept of televised roasts. And although she doesn’t mention the network by name, her target is clearly Comedy Central since it, to my knowledge, is the only network televising roasts these days. And they do so for good

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    Watch Jeffrey Ross roast at Occupy Wall Street

    Last week we showed you videos of three different comedians doing their part for the Occupy Wall Street movement. But that’s just a few of a great many comics and comedy types taking part. Yesterday, Jeffrey Ross took to the Los Angeles version of Occupy Wall Street — to be exact, he appeared on south lawn steps of City Hall — to give a special roast-like performance. You can check

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    Watch the first three previews from Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen

    It taped this past Saturday in Los Angeles, but Comedy Central is already rolling out to video previews of their Roast of Charlie Sheen. You may have caught our impressive, detailed and hilarious live blog from the event. The real deal premieres this coming Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 pm ET– the same night Sheen’s former show Two-And-A-Half Men premieres on CBS. Coincidence? Of course not! Genius marketing ploy, that’s

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    David Wain brings “Wainy Days” web series to the stage at Just For Laughs

    MONTREAL — Comedian and director David Wain’s popular web series, Wainy Days, has long been a comedy anomaly amongst Internet-produced humor. Much like the defining body of Wain’s 20-year career – ranging from his days with The State and Stella on to his illustrious directorial path – the Wainy Days series is irreverent and strange; charming and disarming while still providing enough schlocky shock humor to keep the college crowd

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    Sean Penn to direct movie “The Comedian,” written by Jeffrey Ross

    Following in the steps of the immensely succinct title of The Fighter, a film is now in the works called The Comedian. According to the New York Post, the project penned by Art Linson and the Roastmaster General, Jeffrey Ross will have Sean Penn directing and Robert De Niro starring as “an aging, bitterly, funny stand-up comic.” One can’t help but think of Rupert Pupkin, De Niro’s infamous character in

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    Punchline Mag analysis: Do modern comedy roasts need more class?

    As we reported exclusively last week, Comedy Central’s plans for a roast of Kid Rock this summer were cancelled. So, one can’t help but wonder which pop culture icon Comedy Central will lay their sights on next. People so enjoyed the likes of Anthony Jeselnik (see below), Gilbert Gottfried and Whitney Cummings taking down The Donald a notch. Who wouldn’t want to see a similar thrashing, leveled at, say, Lady

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