Flavor Flav gets clocked! Join Roastmaster Katt Williams as he takes the stage and hosts a no-holds-barred barbeque. Roastmasters Snoop Dogg, Lisa Lampanelli, Ice T, Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Kimmel, and more take on Flav's history of lovin', lampin', and yeeeeah booooy!
There are many words that could be used to describe celebrity roasts, but "genteel" and "highbrow" are definitely not among them--especially not when the victim, er, guest of honor is one William Drayton, better known as Flavor Flav. Even by the dubious standards of the genre, the nonstop stream of vile insults, profanity, and sexual vulgarisms delivered by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Lisa Lampanelli, Jimmy Kimmel, Patton Oswalt, and others in the course of this "extended and uncensored" Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav
borders on overwhelming. As it happens, it's also pretty hilarious. Flavor Flav was once primarily known as a member of Public Enemy, one of rap's most politically conscious and influential groups. These days he's more recognizable as the clock-wearing, gold-toothed star of his own reality program (Flavor of Love
), putative boyfriend of the large and scary-looking Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen, and one-man freak show, and it's a safe bet that it was these accomplishments and not his talents as a rapper that earned him "roastee" status at this 2007 event. The various comedians ridicule his generally strange appearance ("like Idi Amin after a three-year crack binge on the sun"), especially his skinny physique ("Starving children send you
50 cents a day") and ultra-dark skin ("How do we roast charcoal?"); the utter weirdness of his relationship with Nielsen and his penchant for siring kids with a variety of women ("You're responsible for more homeless black children than Hurricane Katrina," says Kimmel) are frequent topics as well. Of course, the roasters spend as much time riffing on one another as they do on Flav, and while some fall flat (Nielsen's moment at center stage is rivaled only by Carrot Top's for most unfunny bit of the night), most are amusing enough to make for a surprisingly entertaining evening. Extras include extended Red Carpet interviews and "Flav-Cam" bonus footage. --Sam Graham