This time around, the target of the Comedy Central roastees is Bob Saget, known for his time on the legendary (for no apparent reason) sitcom, "Full House", as well as hosting duties on "America's Funniest Home Videos". What some people didn't realize was the fact that, while Saget was the lead of two very wholesome TV shows, he was also an incredibly raunchy stand-up comedian. And yet, somehow, after years on "Full House", Saget somehow has made himself hip, starring on "Entourage" and the focus of a rap song ("Rollin' With Saget".)
There's been a lot of Comedy Central roasts in the past, and while they've been pretty funny, I've felt that some of the comedians in past roasts were taking it easy on the roastee, throwing softballs. This time around, the overall impression of the roast is a little on the uneven side. Hosted by "Full House" co-star John Stamos, the line-up includes a bunch of the usuals (Greg Giraldo, Jeffrey Ross), as well as a few more popular comics (Norm McDonald, Jon Lovitz).
There are some very funny sets here: Giraldo leads off and gets some big laughs (to Stamos: "John was married to my favorite supermodel...Rebecca Romijn-O'Connell" and to Saget: "You are a vortex of artistic compromise...Charlie Sheen watches you and feels good about himself.") Jeffrey Ross, Cloris Leachman and Susie Essman also get some good digs in (Essman, with her usual acidic delivery, to Saget: "Many people don't know that Bob is the complete opposite of his image: his image - by the way - is funny.") Leachman to Saget: "I was offered a role on 'Full House', but I turned it down because I wanted to focus on comedy."
However, there are two high-profile disappointments, starting with Jon Lovitz, who comes up for a few moments to sing a couple of unfunny songs. Better (in a negative way) is Norm McDonald, who seems completely out of his mind when he tries to roast Saget. It also must be said that, while there are a few very funny roasters scattered throughout the program, none of them mine anything too unexpected out of the predictable targets.
Overall, this program certainly isn't the worst Comedy Central roast - it comes in at just about average, as while there are a few high-profile disappointments, some of the regulars do a fine job.
This is the unrated/un"bleeped" version.
VIDEO: The show is presented in its original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio by Paramount. Video quality is just fine, with crisp detail and only a bit of minor shimmering. Colors appeared bright and bold, with nice saturation and no smearing.
SOUND: The DVD presentation offers a crisp stereo soundtrack, with clear dialogue.
EXTRAS: A couple of minutes of backstage interviews, interviews with Saget, about 6 minutes of interviews done after the roast and 11 minutes of "Blue Carpet" interviews with the roasters, Saget and some famous audience members.
Final Thoughts: Overall, this program certainly isn't the worst Comedy Central roast - it comes in at just about average, as while there are a few high-profile disappointments, some of the regulars make up for it. The DVD edition provides fine audio/video quality and a few minor extras. Rent it, or try to catch it in rerun.