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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.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…