While Rob Lowe was technically supposed to be the target of The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe (it's right there in the title), the biggest target of the roast was actually Ann Coulter, the extremely conservative political pundit and outspoken Donald Trump supporter. Coulter was mocked from the very first set. David Spade joked, "She seems stiff and conservative, but Ann gets wild in the sheets. Just ask the Klan." Pete Davidson added a jibe of his own, saying, "If you are here, Ann, who is scaring the crows away from our crops?”
If anything, the nicest thing said all night was when Rob Riggle said "Ann Coulter is here, which can only mean one thing... somebody said her name three times!" Yes, comparing her to Beetlejuice was about the sweetest treatment Coulter was offered during the night.
Even Jewel, who came out to do a guitar-accompanied set that was delivered like a set of observations, gave her a pretty aggressive burn. "As a feminist, I can't support everything that's been said here tonight. As someone who hates Ann Coulter, I'm delighted." She went on to do four or five more Coulter jokes, while she barely even paid attention to the rest of the panel.
While Coulter may have agreed to participate in the roast in order to promote her recent book, she seemed shocked at the start that she would be dealing with such personal attacks. Her stony reaction was in direct contrast with the rest of the dais, who were all using their performing chops in order to laugh broadly like they weren't bothered one bit by the jokes pointed at them. She did attempt to smile during Jimmy Carr's set, but it was so mean — bringing up her body and attacking her looks, rather than her views — that it came across as very forced.
Sometimes when a controversial figure appears at a roast, their past is glossed over, but that wasn't the case for Coulter. The comedians' aggression paired with Coulter's stony expression, showed that either she hasn't practiced her poker face, or she's just realized what others believe about her extreme views.
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