LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Given that roasts represent something of a cultural dinosaur, Comedy Central is perhaps to be forgiven for engaging in blatant demographic pandering, as it did by devoting its latest litany of one-liners to Justin Bieber. For Bieber, of course, the showcase represented an opportunity to show off a lighter side given his public-relations woes, while assembling a roster of comics and celebrities seemingly intended to make those viewing at home feel lightheaded even without assistance from mood-altering drugs.
Shaquille O'Neal? Martha Stewart? Ludacris and Snoop Dogg? It was almost enough to make one yearn for the comedy stylings of Jeff Ross.