Anybody can rattle off a few good yo mama jokes, but it takes a true roasting artiste to put down his subject in such a way that the victim laughs as hard as the audience. Jeffrey Ross has been perfecting the art of the insult for years, to the point where he has written the book on it literally, in the form of last years I Only Roast the Ones I Love: Busting Balls Without Burning Bridges. Known as the New York Friars Clubs Roastmaster General (see www.roastmastergeneral.com), he has lovingly and memorably torn new ones for Pamela Anderson, Joan Rivers, William Shatner, and others. Its actually pretty impressive that Ross has made it to age 44 with his knees intact, what with his tendency to do things like tell Rivers that Kanyes mom had a better plastic surgeon. And when hes on fire, nobody is safe: During Jerry Stillers roast in 1999, Ross told Sandra Bernhard that he wouldnt fuck her with Bea Arthurs dick, with the Golden Girl right there in the room. Its too bad that the venue has a no-heckling policy, because he would surely have a field day with anyone who makes the mistake of joining the show.
Feb. 5-6, 8 & 10:15 p.m., 2010