For the newest Comedy Central Roast, James Franco got a bunch of his friends together to roast him. The Roast, which was hosted by Seth Rogen on Monday at 10/9c, mainly consisted of Franco, who is a writer/actor/director/producer, doing a poor job hosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway and allegedly being gay.
One of Rogen’s opening lines was, “Judd Apatow was going to direct this roast, but Comedy Central didn't want it to be 40 minutes too long." Apatow directed “Freaks and Geeks,” the show where Rogen and Franco got their first taste of stardom.
As crude and offensive as many of the jokes were, Twitter went wild after the Roast aired on Comedy Central. Luckily for Franco, his pal Jonah Hill showed up and took the brunt of many of the jokes.
“Many people are going to touch on your weight tonight Jonah,” Nick Kroll said. Then he added the punch line, “But not many people are going to talk about how much of an asshole you’ve become.”
“If James every full opens his eyes there will be six more months of summer,” the comedian quipped, bringing the attention back to Franco.
He added one more thing before he left: “If anyone bombs here tonight they’re just doing an impression of James Franco at the Oscars.”
Sarah Silverman joked, "Jonah actually gained 50 pounds for his role in the new Martin Scorsese film because the producers wanted the character to be a Jonah Hill type. But seriously you've had such a body transformation in the past couple of years. You have come a long way from just being Sonny and Cher's daughter."
Then she added, "I don't think James is gay or straight. It's just that he literally can't open his eyes enough to see who he's f–-king."
Aziz Ansari took the stage and said, "So many gay jokes tonight about Franco. Apparently if you're clean, well dressed and mildly cultured, you're super gay now. Is that why the rest of you guys are so aggressively fat and dirty? You think if you read one book and take a shower, d---s are going to just fly into your face."
The last comedian to take the stage, Jeff Ross, said, "Jonah almost couldn't make it tonight because he had trouble finding a tuxedo that changes sizes every three hours. When Jonah's agent told him that Quentin Tarantino wanted him to be in a spaghetti western, Jonah was like, ‘You had me at spaghetti.'”
Then, the man of the hour, Franco, got up on stage and said: "The joke's on all of you. This is not a roast. This is my greatest most elaborate art installation ever. I'm not the real guest of honor, these aren't real comedians and we're not even on a real network. What you've seen tonight was my brilliant opus to sequester an artistic visionary and subject him to the mindless incoherent trashings of talentless abnormalities. I call it Genius Unscathed and this is my masterpiece."