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.