The Roast of James Franco Is as Weird as James Franco
God, what would it like to be friends with James Franco? Everything he does seems like such a spectacle. Even him falling asleep during his classes at NYU seemed like it could be some warped art project commenting on the inefficacy of the American education system. He's an insulated mystery — a hybrid stoner genius? Last night, the renaissance man was joined by some of his very famous comedian friends and some non-friends: host Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Leggero, Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, and Jeff Ross for the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, which will air on September 2.
Details are a-leaking about the night overall, and apparently Franco was joshed for his highbrow intellectualism, his performance hosting the Oscars, his grandmother, and his choice of gay roles. Also, for squinting a lot.
As Buzzfeed counted, there were a total of 26 gay jokes last night at Franco's expense. Yikes. The only roaster who opted out of the gay joke arena was Aziz Ansari, who instead made fun of making gay jokes, further proving he's the love of my life. Apparently there were also some uncomfortable Jewish jokes, and some really off-color Trayvon Martin jokes. Again ... yikes? But also: yikes!
Some of the better jokes that have leaked, though, include the bashing of Franco's Oscar hosting, which was really just dismal. Seth Rogen said to Franco: "Look at me doing all the talking while you sit there doing nothing. I feel like I'm hosting the Oscars with you!" He was also teased for the fact that he can't keep his eyes open — Nick Kroll compared him to a groundhog, noting that if he opened his eyes wide enough, there would be six more weeks of summer.
James Franco had a good time, though, saying that "Everyone was awesome, solid." Truly profound. He ended the roast in typical Franco fashion: “The joke’s on all of you. This is not a roast. This is my greatest, most elaborate art installation ever. I’m not the real guest of honor, these aren’t real comedians and we’re not even on a real network. What you’ve seen tonight was my brilliant opus to sequester an artistic visionary and subject him to the mindless incoherent trashings of talentless abnormalities. I call it Genius Unscathed, and this is my masterpiece.”
Basically, James Franco really loves being James Franco. Can't wait for the roast on Monday night, September 2.