Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav (Extended and Uncensored)

“How do you embarrass a crackhead in a viking helmet?” demands comedian Jeff Ross. It’s a legitimate question, and viewers are likely to ask the same question when looking at the subject matter for this “Extended. Uncensored.” recording of the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. From the opening lines, the hosts acknowledge the redundancy in flogging a character like Flav too much, and keeping that in mind, these roasters reserve the majority of their barbs for each other. And that is comedy.

What starts out a bit dry, as Roastmaster Katt Williams gives a brief “look back at the life and times of Flav, none of which he can remember,” ends up becoming an no-holds-barred war between the presenters. And with comedic presenters Greg Giraldo, Jeffrey Ross, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Lampanelli, Patton Oswalt, and Sommore, mixed in with rap legends Ice-T and Snoop Dogg (oh and Flav’s current flame Brigitte Nielsen thrown in for good measure) the jokes make for one of Comedy Central’s funniest roasts yet.

There’s a little bit of truth in every joke, and that’s the basic premise of every jab and left hook these roasters throw at each other. Each presenter aims to not only redeem themselves from the humiliation bestowed upon them by the previous presenter, but to raise the bar a bit higher that their predecessor. Some of the attacks are expected: dogging on Carrot Top’s curly mop (“if Ronald McDonald f*&ked Wendy’s”) or Jimmy Kimmel’s lackluster ratings (“If you were black the highest you could hope to be as a comedian would be Eddie Griffin!”) isn’t too explosive. But other jokes are so wrong they should leave most audiences gasping for breath. From Greg Giraldo to Ice-T: “You’re so old, the first thing you bought with your record deal was your freedom!” From Jimmy Kimmel to Katt Williams: “Thank you small black person I’ve never heard of.”

Even for those who don’t fully understand the concept of “mindless entertainment” this is 72 minutes of hilarity, though there are some dry spells. Brigitte Nielsen falls a bit flat, but it’s to be expected as she’s not a performer. And Carrot Top is so flustered by the time he gets to the stand, that he rushes through his bits in order to sit back down. But the bottom line is that this is a roast of “the Urkle of VH1” (Lisa Lampanelli) and these roasters deliver the goods. Snoop Dogg even breaks out a short rap for Flav before handing over the mic.

The special features are nothing much to speak of. It’s nice to see a minute before and after the show, but it’s not enough footage to get excited about. And the Flav-Cam bonus footage is just a little disorienting, as it’s just a camera attached to the clock around Flav’s neck.

Zach’s Rating: B+
Perfect For: Anyone looking to unwind with some good, solid hilarity
Stay Away if: You think racy and racist humor is too offensive to be funny
Watch For: Patton Oswalt’s quick ditty for Katt Williams

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