Justin Bieber to be roasted on Comedy Central, responds to SNL jokes

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Justin Bieber Getting Comedy Central Roast.

The 20-year-old singer has reportedly wanted to be the butt of the joke for years, according to a source at Comedy Central, who told Ryan Seacrest’s website: “Justin has been asking us for years to roast him, so we kept telling him to create some more material and we’re thrilled he listened.” As far as targets go, Bieber’s an easy one. The singer’s antics have made for plenty of comedic fodder over the years, and just this past weekend his ridiculous Calvin Klein ad campaign was parodied throughout Saturday Night Live. In addition to his latest (allegedly Photoshopped) modelling gig, Bieber’s done everything from break sales records to hearts to landing in jail to peeing in a bucket at a restaurant (and in a jail cell – dude just doesn’t care).

Donning a pair of tiny tighty whities, Kate McKinnon offered up an outrageous impersonation of the singer, mugging for the camera one instant then running around, yelling and trying to pants Cecily Strong the next. You know, like urinating into buckets, egging houses, stealing a woman’s phone, crashing an ATV into a minivan, battling Orlando Bloom, making racist jokes at age 14, and even wanting to become a pastor. Frankly, there’s so much material it’s almost unfair: after all, Bieber’s a barely-twentysomething boy who grew up under a freakishly bright spotlight.

For a primer on the “Baby” singer’s history of bad behavior, check out Rolling Stone’s cover story from last year on Bieber’s out-of-control lifestyle. First, the beauty of roasts is their complete lack of boundaries and/or sensitivity-awareness. (Roasts are about good jokes and meanness – if you don’t want to get your feelings hurt, stay home and listen to Baby.) Second, as much as we may all still see him as a teen who sang his way into our hearts, Bieber is a grown-up, or at least legal, consenting man.

Despite his now-infamous legacy, Bieber is reasonably self-aware. (Who else could “yes and” the Comedy Network executive and “lol” at SNL’s spoof of his underwear ad?) He’s also relatively smart: while the drag racing and fan-spitting may have made us forget, prior to his tear as a teen-with-a-bank-account, he was very present in his decision-making and brand. (Remember how upset he got in Never Say Never when he had to cancel a concert, and subsequently upset his fans?) So yeah: Bieber knows that the last two years will be fair game. The next Adam Levine, for sure.) And at some point, he’ll be rightfully mocked for writing “Anne was a great girl” in the guest book at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Hopefully, he’ll be made to remember when his pet monkey was taken away by German officials, and failed to pay them to take care of it, and we can only pray that whoever’s involved will bring up one of 2013’s greatest highlights: when Bieber was carried up the Great Wall of China.

The assault, DUI, and drag racing charges will be included and accounted for, as will even more shirtlessness, we hope, because honestly: he’s a rich person who can afford clothes. Frankly, this roast might even trump James Franco’s as an exercise in saying what everybody’s been thinking forever – just articulated better, and by famous people.

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