7. Comedy Central Roast
Air dates: August 10, 2003-present
Celebrities are adored by millions, sleep on beds covered with dollars of bills, and get to make whoopee with whomever they pleaseâ€”why not enjoy watching them get viciously insulted on national television? That's the magnetic allure of the frequent Comedy Central Roast specials, which the cable network adapted from the New York Friars' Club events it aired between 1998 and 2002.
Over the last decade, Comedy Central Roast victims have included, in no particular order of worthiness, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Larry the Cable Guy, Charlie Sheen, and (arguably the funniest broadcast yet) Flavor Flav. Despite the respective presence of a big-name target, the specials' real draws are the small but reliably funny stable of B-list stand-up comics who provide the disses. Our favorites: Jeff Ross, Lisa Lampanelli, and the two late, slept-on Roast greats Greg Giraldo and Patrice O'Neal.