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Laughs and Groans At Franco Roast

A quick preview of a few of the roast’s jokes, from funny to offensive

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Actor, director, and writer James Franco got another hyphenate on Aug. 25: Comedy Central roastee. A posse of friends gathered to lampoon the star with barbs that included shots at his Oscar-host fail and his sexuality. (Seriously, guys, what’s with all the gay jokes? Even Aziz Ansari noted, ”So many gay jokes tonight about Franco. Apparently if you’re clean, well dressed, and mildly cultured, you’re super gay now.”) The special airs Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central, but here’s our sneak peek at some of the night’s lines, ranked from funny to flat-out offensive.

Funny

Seth Rogan: ”Look at me doing all the talking while you sit there doing nothing. I feel like I’m cohosting the Oscars with you.”

Nick Kroll: ”If at any point James fully opens his eyes tonight, there will be six more weeks of summer.”

Natasha Leggero: ”James has a new reality show coming out on the Ovation network. Finally something so awful that even TLC was like, ‘Nah, we’re good.”’

Offensive

Jonah Hill: ”He recently got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is incredible because now critics and homeless people can s— on him all the time.”

Sarah Silverman: ”James recently won the Ally Award for his support of the LGBT community. It’s a prestigious award that’s given anally — annually. It’s given annually.”

Andy Samberg: ”James has force-fed me so much d—, you could make foie gras out of my liver.”