Rob Lowe was the star but Coulter took the most heat
Comedy Central’s roasts are known for being the one night on television where comedians are expected to cross the line into territory that challenges most people’s sense of decency. There’s no such thing as going “too far” or telling a joke that’s “too soon” because the guest of honor and the dais know it’s all in good fun. While last night’s special was held in honor of actor Rob Lowe, it was conservative pundit Ann Coulter who took the most heat.
Last night’s dais included Coulter alongside retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, SNL star Pete Davidson, British comedian Jimmy Carr, The Hangover’s Rob Riggle, singer-songwriter Jewel, Ralph “The Karate Kid” Macchio, comedienne Nikki Glaser, and roast master David Spade. While most jokes aimed at Lowe were jabs about his looks, ‘80s sex tapes, and canceled shows, the gloves came off for Coulter. And who could blame them? Coulter’s new book In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! praises Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his crude behavior and racist anti-immigration policies.
Here are just a few of the hilarious jokes that came at Coulter’s expense:
“Ann is against gay marriage. What is your thinking on that? If I can’t get a husband, they can’t either?” – Jeffrey Ross
“I’m not the only athlete up here. As you know earlier this year, Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby.” – Peyton Manning
“Jeff Ross [who dressed like Prince] is going to party like it’s 1999. Ann Coulter is going to vote like it’s 1899.” – Jewel
“Ann hopes the Republicans can hold onto the House so she can still haunt it.” – David Spade
“Ann Coulter is here. If you are here, Ann, who is scaring the crows away from our crops?” – Pete Davidson
“How do I roast someone from hell? Ann, you are the only woman ever to sexually harass Roger Ailes.” – Jeffrey Ross
“I do want to say as a feminist that I can’t support everything that’s been said tonight. But as someone who hates Ann Coulter, I’m delighted.” – Jewel
“Ann Coulter and no black people? What are we roasting? A cross?” – Pete Davidson
“God, it’s white up here. It’s the only way we could get Ann Coulter, though.” – Nikki Glaser
“Ann Coulter has written 11 books, 12 if you include Mein Kampf.” – Nikki Glaser
When it came time for Coulter to step up to the mic and take revenge on the dais, she crassly pulled out her new book and set it on the podium for all to see. Her opening joke was her best: “I want to welcome everybody to the Ann Coulter Roast with Rob Lowe.” But after her initial offering, the pundit was heckled by the dais as she stumbled through a series of poorly-written jokes, including one that referred to black people as “spades.”
Here’s how Twitter reacted: