Justin Bieber to get roasted on Comedy Central special

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Justin Bieber Getting Comedy Central Roast.

Comedy Central is making Justin Bieber’s dreams come true: the child star turned Calvin Klein model will be roasted on national television, just like he’s always wanted. (Really!) “Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to create more source material first,” said network president Kent Alterman. “We’re thrilled he listened.” “For years I have wanted Comedy Central to roast me,” the singer tweeted. “They said only if I provided them w/ more material so for a year now I have worked hard.” Indeed he has, friends. 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).

Thanks to arrests, abandoned pet monkeys and sulky Calvin Klein shoots, the 20-year-old will surely prove a rich source of comedy, though the comedians that will roast him have yet to be announced. 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. 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. The roast typically sees them take it in turns to make as insulting and tasteless jokes as possible about the roastee, while the victim sits on stage and has to silently take it.

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. 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 Haus 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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