James Franco Knocked Around
By Matthew Breen
Ever wanted to see comedians sock it to James Franco? The cute workaholic with a penchant for gay projects (Milk, Sal, Howl, Interior: Leather Bar, Kink, to name a few) is the punching bag at tonight’s Comedy Central Roast of James Franco. And for his efforts his gay fans are legion (so naturally, he’s been a favorite cover man for Out and The Advocate).
Franco is adorbs, and he’s game for whatever terrible, degrading insults a panel of comedians can throw his way. Still, as Buzzfeed has noted, gay jokes are a sort of low hanging fruit (ha ha) for easy joke making.
Seth Rogan, Nick Kroll, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, and Jonah Hill are all awesome, gay-supportive comedians. Yet each clocks in with several gay jokes at Franco’s expense. (Jeff Ross is totally unpalatable—we’re not counting him.)
A sampling: “He’s a tough guy to pin down, although I’ve heard many guys have been able to do it”; “He’s like our generation’s Johnny Depp, if Johnny Depp was a worse actor who blew guys”; ““James Franco’s dick is so small that I had to suck it for like three hours just to get it hard.”
Anyhow, bless Aziz Ansari, the classiest comic on the stage (probably too classy to be invited back for the next roast) who refrained from making a single gay joke at Franco’s expense, and instead called out the others for doing so.
Interestingly Andy Samberg’s were all about him having sex with Franco. Are we reading too much into that? Weird that we’d totally watch that?
Comedy Central will be airing its Roast of James Franco Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. Beginning at 9:45 p.m., Comedy Central will also have a livestream of the show on its website, CC.com.