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5 Best Comedy Roasts of All Time

If Betty White has taught us anything, it's that being old doesn't mean you're not hilarious. It also doesn't mean you're not really, really vulgar when the battlefield of comedy needs you to drop some serious F-bombs.

By entertainment standards, the roast -- a concept originated by the Friar's Club fraternity way back in 1907 -- is an absolute dinosaur. But it's like a T. rex that assaults you with politically incorrect character assassination and ridiculous celebrity humiliation instead of killer jaws and tiny arms -- old as it is, the roast walks the razor's edge of "too funny" and "too far." Here are five times the comics got that balance exactly right.

1. Charlie Sheen (2011)

"I respect Charlie Sheen, I do ... not his body of work ... it's all been very Christian Slater-ish ... he sucks, but he's good, but he sucks at the same time." And so it was that the
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Amy Schumer Responds to Joke-Theft Accusations: ‘I Have Never and Would Never Steal a Joke.’

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Amy Schumer Responds to Joke-Theft Accusations: ‘I Have Never and Would Never Steal a Joke.’
After a recent video surfaced comparing Amy Schumer's material to other comedians' work, Schumer went on Jim Norton's SiriusXM Radio show today to deny any allegations of joke theft. "I wanted to come and talk to you about [these accusations] and clear my name, because I would never ever do that and I never have," the comedian said, adding that she is "literally going to take a polygraph test and put it on my show this season."The video collects allegations — some of which surfaced this weekend, others older — that Schumer copied material from Patrice O'Neal, Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan, and Wendy Liebman. Talking to Norton, Schumer said that she had not seen any of their jokes before she performed her own and that any similarities were a result of parallel thinking, not plagiarism. She previously addressed similarities between O'Neal's punchline and a line from her stand-up special on Twitter last fall.
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Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'

Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'
Amy Schumer is sticking up for herself.

The Trainwreck star denied allegations of joke theft after a video was released comparing her material to other comedians' gags.

Schumer, 34, vehemently refuted the claims on Twitter Wednesday, and also defended herself during an appearance on the Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius Xm's Opie Radio.

"On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke," the star tweeted. The video alleged that Schumer stole jokes from Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, and the late Patrice O'Neal.

On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.

Amy Schumer
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Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'

Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'
Amy Schumer is sticking up for herself. The Trainwreck star denied allegations of joke theft after a video was released comparing her material to other comedians' gags. Schumer, 34, vehemently refuted the claims on Twitter Wednesday, and also defended herself during an appearance on the Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius Xm's Opie Radio. "On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke," the star tweeted. The video alleged that Schumer stole jokes from Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, and the late Patrice O'Neal. On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.— Amy Schumer
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Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'

Amy Schumer Denies Joke Stealing, Accuses Comedian Tammy Pescatelli of 'Trying to Get Something Going'
Amy Schumer is sticking up for herself. The Trainwreck star denied allegations of joke theft after a video was released comparing her material to other comedians' gags. Schumer, 34, vehemently refuted the claims on Twitter Wednesday, and also defended herself during an appearance on the Jim Norton Advice Show on Sirius Xm's Opie Radio. "On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke," the star tweeted. The video alleged that Schumer stole jokes from Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, and the late Patrice O'Neal. On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.— Amy Schumer
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Outrage Watch: Amy Schumer accused of joke-stealing by prominent fellow comics

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Outrage Watch: Amy Schumer accused of joke-stealing by prominent fellow comics
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. Update (1/21/16 2:58 Pm Est): Tammy Pescatelli called in to "Opie" Hughes and Jim Norton's SiriusXM radio show Thursday to respond to the controversy: "It is probably parallel thinking. That does happen...I probably should have just stayed out of it and kept my mouth shut," said Pescatelli in part. "I shouldn't have accused somebody. It did seem that way, that it was a lift." You can hear Pescatelli's full appearance below: In today's edition of comics berating other comics, 2015 "It" girl Amy Schumer has been accused of joke-stealing on Twitter by three prominent stand-ups: Kathleen Madigan, Tammy Pescatelli and Wendy Liebman (though the latter has since provided less-damning context to her claim that Schumer "[did] 1 of my best jokes on her HBO special.
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Amy Schumer -- I Would Never Steal A Joke From Patrice O'Neal

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[[tmz:video id="0_max72b2o"]] Amy Schumer is calling Bs on the people accusing her of stealing Patrice O'Neal's jokes during her HBO gig. Schumer's HBO stand-up special premiered Saturday and she closed her set with jokes about funny names for graphic sex moves. Some people felt Amy's jokes were suspiciously similar to a routine Patrice did back in 2007 during his "Nasty Show" tour. The jokes are similar, but lots of comedians fish in that pool, and Amy insists
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Crowdfund This: A Feature Documentary on the Life and Career of the Late Comedian Patrice O'Neal

The late comedian/actor Patrice O'Neal, who passed away in 2011, at age 41, will be the focus of a new documentary feature from producer and director, Mark Farrell (best known for his work on acclaimed shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Von Decarlo, O’Neal’s fiancée of 10 years, who are both producing along with Mile High Productions. An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help finance the film, which will be titled "Better Than You - The Official Patrice O'Neal Documentary," and which will explore the life of the comic, considered by his peers to be the most honest and...
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Robin Williams' Sudden Death: Beloved Performer One of Many Comedians Who Died Too Young

Robin Williams' Sudden Death: Beloved Performer One of Many Comedians Who Died Too Young
Robin Williams' shocking and tragic death has left fans devastated. The 63-year-old was found dead at his home in Tiburon, Calif., Monday morning, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office Coroner Division. The actor touched fans around the world with his memorable movie roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, and his presence will surely be missed on the big screen. The Oscar-winning star isn't the only comedian to pass before his time. Funnymen Bernie Mac, Chris Farley, Patrice O'Neal and John Belushi died too soon as well. Take a look back at all the comic talents who left us too soon.
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Louis C.K. Headlines Humble Bundle's First Pay-What-You-Want Comedy Offering

Louis C.K. Headlines Humble Bundle's First Pay-What-You-Want Comedy Offering
Humble Bundle has built a business by letting fans pay whatever they want for video games -- now it's expanding into comedy. The company is offering a new bundle that includes Louis C.K.'s "Live at the Beacon Theater"; comedy albums from the late Patrice O'Neal; a special from Maria Bamford; an album from Hannibal Buress; and a comedy video from Jim Norton. Also read: Comedy Central Steals Louis C.K.'s Schtick (But Admits It) "We see comedy as very similar to indie video games," Steven Kovensky, Humble Bundle's head of business development, told TheWrap. "Many
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Top 10 Wtf With Marc Maron episodes

Top 10 Glen Chapman 7 May 2013 - 07:30

Glen counts down ten terrific episodes of Marc Maron's Wtf comedy podcast. See if your favourites made the cut...

There have been close to four hundred episodes of Us comedy podcast Wtf since it started in September 2009 and its list of guests read as a who's who of comedy and the entertainment industry. During that time, the profile of host Marc Maron has increased enormously, and in the week that his self-titled TV series debuts on IFC (read our episode one review, here) how better to salute the man himself than with a run-down of Wtf's ten best episodes...

Robin Williams – 67

Starting off the list with a giant of comedy is no bad thing, particularly one who has such a long and interesting story as this one. Williams' manic energy and charisma made him a star but his battles with addiction over the
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Movie Review - Nature Calls (2012)

Nature Calls, 2012.

Written and Directed by Todd Rohal.

Starring Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle and Patrice O'Neal.

Synopsis:

Polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk's son's sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.

When it comes to comedies I don't typically ask for much. As long as you have jokes that are actually funny, competent actors giving decent performances and a somewhat interesting story that I can get invested in then I'll be a happy camper. None of that is the case when it comes to Nature Calls, one of the more recent movies to get the ongoing VOD treatment in North America.

Once I saw the trailer for this I didn't have high hopes, but I never thought it could be as bad as it ended being. You've got Patton Oswalt
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Christopher Dorner Manhunt -- Lapd Cop Killer Left Messages for Tim Tebow, Charlie Sheen, Larry David

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Ex-lapd officer Christopher Dorner -- the accused killer at the center of a citywide manhunt -- posted a rambling message to various celebrities ... including Tim Tebow ... before embarking on his murderous rampage. The message is part of an "uncensored manifesto" that law enforcement confirms to TMZ was posted to the Internet by Dorner. Besides various threats to police officers and their families ... Dorner --who's now accused of killing 3 people including a cop -- also blogs
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'Happy Endings' Damon Wayans Jr.: 'Brad is basically a girl'

Damon Wayans Jr. considers his character, Brad, on "Happy Endings," ABC's Tuesday comedy ...

"I describe him as very fun-loving," he tells Zap2it. "He is happily married and very comfortable with his sexuality, to the point -- you know what?

"Brad is basically a girl," he adds. "He is a lesbian. He is just one of those guys, he met this woman who opened him to the finer things in life."

Wayans, who looks and sounds like his famous dad, began on his father's sitcom, "My Wife and Kids."

"I used to do punch-up writing for my dad's TV show," he says. "I would sit on the sidelines and pitch jokes between takes. It was all optional; if he wants, he will take it."

That led to Wayans' two careers, in stand-up and writing.

"I honestly fell into all that stuff, especially because English is one of my worst subjects,
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Dave Attell Dishes On Why He Loves Late '70s, Early '80s Porn

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Dave Attell Dishes On Why He Loves Late '70s, Early '80s Porn
Washington -- Dave Attell, a comic's comic, has taken his love of vintage porn and made a television show about vintage porn. If you work hard enough at something, sooner or later it pays off.

Attell's current television show, "Dave's Old Porn," is currently airing Thursday nights on Showtime. He also begins a four-night run at the DC Improv on Thursday. If you're a D.C.-area fan of Attell's brand of dirty fun, you have options. (Out of the Beltway, your options may be more limited.)

The Huffington Post spoke with the well respected, popular and endearingly filthy veteran comedian about his new television show, stand up and porn.

The Huffington Post:Why did you want to host a show about watching porn?

Dave Attell: This is not really about me. I'm basically promoting this show for the retro porn fans. It's a tribute show. It's not a deep,
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Review: Todd Rohal's Third Feature 'Nature Calls' Is A Dull, Droning Wrong Number

Curiously squandering an immensely talented cast, Todd Rohal's "Nature Calls," written when the writer-director lived in Austin, had more humor and humanity and life in its 10-minute post-screening talk here at SXSW than it showed in its previous 98-minute running time. Starring Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville as brothers -- in a clear refutation of all we know about genetics -- "Nature Calls" pits Oswalt's dedicated scoutmaster, eager to take his scoutmaster father on one last camping trip, against Knoxville's black sheep son. You can imagine this premise leading to all kinds of hilarity. I encourage you to do so, as Rohal clearly did not. When his troop bails on a camping trip, Oswalt crashes a sleepover hosting Knoxville's adopted son Dwande (Thiecoura Cissoko) and his wayward troop members, abducting them, along with his father, for the originally-planned trip to the woods. Knoxville, Rob Riggle and the late Patrice O'Neal give.
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Watch: Would You Send Your Kids To The Woods With Patton Oswalt?

Watch: Would You Send Your Kids To The Woods With Patton Oswalt?
In this exclusive clip from the upcoming feature film "Nature Calls," Patton Oswalt is a scoutmaster who cares. Watch him get in a shouting match with Johnny Knoxville in full-on Mean Dad mode, while Rob Riggle offers some very convincing shouted interjections.

Sadly, the film also marks the last screen appearance of the late, great Patrice O'Neal (not seen in this clip).

"Nature Calls" was well received at the South By Southwest Film Festival when it played there in March. It hits theaters on Nov. 9 and is currently available on iTunes.
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Watch Trailer For The Late Patrice O'Neal's Final Movie 'Nature Calls' (In Theaters November 9)

Almost a year after Patrice O'Neal died - a week before his birthday, on November 29th, 2011 - Magnet Releasing will open the comedy Nature Calls in theaters and VOD on November 9; and with that news comes a brand-new trailer today. The raucous comedy, which as I note in the title, is/was/will be Patrice O'Neal's last film, stars Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, and Patrice O'Neal. Oswalt stars as Scoutmaster Randy Stevens, whose dwindling, apathetic troop ditches a scout meeting in favor of a TV-themed slumber party hosted by Randy's brother Kirk (Knoxville), his polar opposite and arch nemesis. When Randy rounds up the boys in the middle...
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Red-Band Trailer for Nature Calls with Oswalt and Knoxville

Magnet Releasing has unveiled a new red-band trailer for the crazy looking raunchy scouting comedy Nature Calls, which stars Patton OswaltJohnny Knoxville, Rob RigglePatrice O'NealMaura Tierney and Darrell Hammond. The story follows polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk who never saw eye-to-eye, "but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk's son's sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember." Obviously there's going to be all kinds of shenanigans.

I like Oswalt and Knoxville, but I'm not really that impressed by what I saw in the trailer. The movie will be released on November 9th and on VOD October 4th. Does the movie look funny to you? 

 
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First Trailer for 'Nature Calls' Features Cursing and Crucifixion

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There are red band trailers, and then there's the trailer for Todd Rohal's latest, "Nature Calls." Seeing as the R-rated comedy is about a group of—let's just say slightly immature—men who take a group of energetic (and yes, by energetic we do mean wild and hormonal) boy scouts on a camping trip, it's not all that surprising that the trailer is more than a little crass.

With Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle and Patrice O'Neal in the cast line-up, this might be the dirtiest comedy of the year. While it runs just a hair over two-and-a-half minutes, we still lost count of the number of expletives and off-color references.

That said, we're pretty sure we saw Johnny Knoxville being lit on fire and nailed to a cross somewhere in there, and a random chick riding a motorcycle sans clothing. Just sayin'.

Now, if anyone can pull of a flick like this,
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