A Comedy Roast
Jimmy Carr brings the American tradition of the 'comedy roast' to the UK. Targets include Bruce Forsyth, Sharon Osbourne and Chris Tarrant
A grand US tradition, the format of a 'roast', is a simple one: a group of people called 'roastmasters' gather together in front of a live audience to make fun of a subject and celebrate all that is good about the 'roastee'. While the tone may seem cutting, sarcastic or salacious, at its heart, the 'roast' is in fact a genuine and affectionate celebration of the talent.
Our Review: The idea of the 'comedy roast' is big in America but is virtually unknown of here in the UK. Jimmy Carr & Co are giving it their best shot to introduce the format to this country too... but not all of it is working. Chris Tarrant clearly hated the jokes made about him, which made for rather uncomfortable viewing; the set dressing behind the speaker's podium is off-putting (thankfully the newer episodes now have a more expensive set), and certain speakers completely fluff their jokes (the weak acts are mainly the celebrity guests who don't possess the necessary timing to deliver auto-cue gags).