Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget – DVD Review



He started out as that lovable dad on Full House, then he hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos. He was the epitome of wholesome family entertainment. Now he’s one of the raunchiest, dirtiest, bluest comedians on the stage and Comedy Central has honored him in the only way they know how. By getting a bunch of other comedians to make fun of him for an hour and a half.

Hosted by fellow Full House alumni John “Uncle Jesse” Stamos, Saget gets the sharp end of the stick from many comedians who will seem familiar to you if you’ve seen past Comedy Central Roasts: Jeff Garlin, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton and Jeffrey Ross. There are also a few better-known names here: Jon Lovitz, Norm MacDonald, Brian Posehn, Gilbert Gottfried and Susie Essman. But the odd woman out for the evening was academy award winner Cloris Leachman who you might remember from Young Frankenstein or The Mary Tyler Moore Show (or more recently TV’s Dancing with the Stars). Then you have Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman and Don Rickles turning in video roasts.

Saget gets jabs on a wide variety of topics: from his horrible career, his inability to be funny, sexual innuendo involving the Olsen twins, infidelity, whether he’s gay or not and Gottfried even puts forth the idea that Sage may have raped and killed a girl in 1994.

But Saget isn’t the only one getting insults. The comedian’s bash each other as is the Roast tradition and most of the insults can’t be repeated here. And a Roast wouldn’t be complete with out the man of the hour getting his chance for rebuttal and rebut he does, brutally and efficiently.

This is a pretty solid Roast, only a few of the comics’ sets fall a little flat. Cloris Leachman ends up turning in the finest set while Lovitz fizzles before your eyes and MacDonald’s set is just strange.

If you’ve seen a Comedy Central Roast then you know what your in for. This is comedy at it’s raunchiest, and if you can’t handle a little blue humor then I suggest you stay away from this one. But if the idea of Saget slipping the Olsen twins ruffies makes you chuckle then this is certainly worth checking out.

The film is presented in 1.33:1 fullscreen and Dolby Digital Stereo sound. The show looks and sounds fine and the transfer is great. This is a well-produced DVD.

Behind The Scenes: (1 min.) Interviews with a few celebrities that didn’t take the stage (and a couple that did) talking to Bob about his great night.

On The Blue Carpet: (11 min.) Celebs on the “Blue Carpet” are asked a series of questions including “Seven minutes With Stamos.”

After The Roast: (5 min.) The Roasters are interviewed about the night. Some good stuff in here, again, especially from Cloris Leachman. Then there’s an interview with Bob, which is funny.

Bob Saget Interview:: (2 min.) This is Bob talking about the night that he has coming to him then talking some complete nonsense, kind of funny.

Of the people Roasted lately, William Shatner, Pamela Anderson and Flavor Flav, Bob Saget is easily the most deserving of this comedic honor. This Roast his highly offensive and side-splittingly funny. If you’ve enjoyed past Roasts you’ll enjoy this one too, but if you’re expecting some Funniest Home Video wholesomeness then you’re in for a nasty surprise.

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Comedy Central presents Roast Of Bob Saget. Directed by Joel Gallen. Starring Bob Saget, John Stamos, Cloris Leachman, Norm MacDonald and many more. Running time: 74 minutes. Not Rated but contains very explicit adult language. Released on DVD: December 30, 2008. Available at Amazon.com.

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