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11 Most Brutal Roast Comedians

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Roasts have been a comedic tradition for decades. And really, what’s more enjoyable than watching a bunch of comedians brutally and mercilessly take down a celebrity? Some comics have taken the art of verbal assault to a whole new level, and are masters of linguistic brutality. Join us as we pay tribute to the funniest roast comedians below. Warning: serious NSFW burns ahead.

11. Nick DiPaolo

The very politically incorrect comic is known for going after everyone and anyone without hesitation, which makes for the ideal roaster.


10. Gilbert Gottfried

Gottfried is a maniacal genius of comedy. His abrasive style and loud voice literally amplify his insane and hilarious rantings.


9. Don Rickles

You can’t possibly list roast legends without mentioning Rickles. Even though the language was mild by today’s standards, “Mr. Warmth” still owned every dais he was on.


8. Whitney Cummings

The comedienne, and Maron guest star, is a pro at delivering witty, cutting insults whenever she appeared on any dais. After her stellar appearance at the David Hasselhoff roast, she told TMZ she may have actually gone too far.


7. Richard Pryor

Sometimes the ones that own the roast are the roastee. In this never aired roast from 1977, the gloves come off as Richard Pryor reminds his dais why he’s the king.


6. Natasha Leggero

Let’s be honest, any insult hurled Beiber’s way is funny, but Leggero still delivered one of the most brutal take downs of the pop star to date.


5. Sarah Silverman

Silverman is known for her crass, biting humor, so putting her on the dais always results in comedy gold.


4. Lisa Lampanelli

Lampanelli lives up to her title as The Queen of Mean. Here she is laying into Donald Trump in one of the best roasts yet.


3. Greg Giraldo

The late comedian was always pretty brutal in his roast appearances, and here he pulls no punches when taking down the dais at the Joan Rivers roast. The medium just hasn’t been the same without him.


2. Jeff Ross

There’s a reason Ross is known as The Roastmaster General, aside from the fact that he pretty much comes with the furniture at these things now. Ross is ruthless no matter who he’s roasting, and even when his jokes go too far, he still manages to win back the room.


1. Amy Schumer

Schumer’s first roast appearance undoubtedly put her on the comedy map. Though she wasn’t well known at the time, she took out everyone on the dais at Charlie Sheen’s roast like a seasoned pro.

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Rappers Act Up

Watch the Yo! IFC Acts Movie Marathon Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day weekend: how to celebrate? Nothing quite says “screw spring—let’s do summer” like blockbuster movies starring rappers who ditched lucrative music careers in order to become actors. It happened a lot, remember? Especially in and around the ’90s. Will Smith, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Marky Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris…icons with the hubris to try the silver screen instead and have it totally work out.

But what if more rappers had made the leap? That’s a rhetorical question—movies (and life) would’ve been better, obviously. To prove it, here are some movies that would’ve been more memorable with rappers.

The Godfather

Starring Biggie, not Brando.
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Only Coolio could improve upon Gene Wilder’s performance.
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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot, with a dose of Missy Elliott.
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Low hanging fruit, Hollywood.
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And of course…

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See NONE of those movies and a whole bunch of real ones this Memorial Day weekend on IFC’s rapper-filled movie marathon.

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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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