Jeff Ross is an American stand-up comedian, insult comic, actor, director and author. His skill is doing high-profile celebrity roasts and he is best known for his appearances in Comedy Central's Roasts and he has been dubbed "The Roastmaster General." He has appeared in various film, television, and cartoon projects. He has made appearances at events for U.S. soldiers and directed a documentary film covering his experiences touring U.S. bases in Iraq.
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My latest comedy special “Jeff Ross Roasts Prisoners: Live at Brazos County Jail” premieres at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central this Saturday June 13.
In the meantime, you can check out some clips -
And some of my next upcoming appearances are:
Victoria's helping me get started.
Okay - with that out of the way, let's answer some questions. AMA.
Thanks for your great questions. I have the funniest fans. And don't forget to watch Saturday night at 11 on Comedy Central. Guaranteed to blow your mind.
I love your stuff.. but do you think that perhaps Roasts are losing their meaning? Admittedly, Bieber -is- an icon (even if I'm in the group that wishes he would have a horrid fate befall him), but now doing a jail?
Roasts used to be a good-natured, humorous way to honor those deserving. It's just starting to feel that Comedy Central is pumping them out to boost ratings.
My roasting has evolved beyond celebs and tuxedos. It's about bringing people together, laughing at oneself, and offering up some tough love. Roasting saves lives. #Sheen #Bieber #CourtneyLove
Have you ever considered having plastic surgery so you look less like a depressed hobbit with downs syndrome?
EDIT: You answered! I fucking love yo--err, you're an alright guy.
btw, did you also ask Gabrielle Union that question at 9am?
Who would you have more fun roasting; Jesus or Hitler?
As long as Martha Stewart is there I don't care.
Is it true you immediately signed on for your first roast, because you thought it was going to be a dinner?
I guess that's funny if you've never told or heard a joke before.
You doing this AMA is a great birthday present for me!
It's amazing that you've gotten to rub elbows with many comedy greats, such as Milton Berle and Don Rickles. It's also amazing seeing you carry on the tradition of guys like them. Who would be on your dream dais?
Buddy Hackett, Milton Berle, Don Rickles, Tony Hinchcliffe, Amy Schumer, Bill Clinton
Roastmaster General!!!! 1st off, thanks for taking the time to do this, I am 40yrs old, married to the best Wife ever, Father of 4 girls (7, 6, 4, and 8months), as well as my Mother-in-Law lives with us. Even all my pets are females...~I'm also the only one who works. Can you please give me a "Mini-Roast" off of these few facts?
Sounds like the biggest pussy in that house is you. Dude, just cut your dick off already. #Caitlyn
Mr. Ross, a noted Nobel prize winning scientist caught flack recently for suggesting that female coworkers should be segregated from male colleagues because women cry when criticized and are a romantic distraction in the workplace. Do you find that you have difficulty separating work from social interactions?
I once banged Bea Arthur, so no.
Would you ever want to roast at the white house correspondents dinner?
dream gig. seriously. All candidates should have to be roasted at some point just to prove to voters that they can take the heat and that they are a man/woman of the people!
I already have 10 minutes on Jake Tapper.
Why did you go so easy on Bieber?
What's your favourite Giraldo joke?
Easy on Bieber??? He almost cried. He's 21. A week earlier would've been child abuse.
First off, I love your work Jeff, you are one of my favourite comedians of all time! My question is this, what do you miss most about Greg Giraldo and do you have any good stories about him?
He was a lawyer. A damn good one before he was a comedian. He once represented me in court on Long Island. I pulled a fake gun on a buddy as a joke. A real cop pulled his real gun and arrested me. Charged me with inciting a riot. It took two tries but GG got it dismissed. Miss that maniac. He was fearless.
Hey,how are the kids?
Just dropped them off at the pool. Unfortunately it was that pool party in McKinney, Texas.
Do you think you'll ever be as famous as Yahoo Serious?
Is this a Serious question? Yahoo!
Did you ever date Sarah Silverman?
Do you think she's hot?
C'mon man, she's like my sister. A sister that I wanna bang.
What is your favourite thing someone has said about you at a roast?
I loved Justin Bieber's joke, "Jeff, you look like the emoji for when you have food poisoning". That one was funny but it hurt kinda
Do you prefer doing stand-up comedies or been in movies?
I prefer English class.
How did you feel when you were roasted by Harley Morenstein at the youtube special?
who the fuck is harley moronstern? oh yeah, the food guy. He was funny.
Have your feelings about Justin Bieber changed since you did his roast?
No, I still think he's a terrible musician. Kidding, I love him. He's with me now. Say hi Justin.... vkhv[oqiu a4jwr v
How do you know if you're going too far when roasting somebody? Are there generally subjects to just avoid during a roast?
I try not to say cunt and pussy in the same sentence.
I just did a roast in a jail and wished the white supremacists a Happy Hannukah - so nothing if off limits.
Did you ever roast someone so hard that they started crying? Has anyone ever hit you as a response to a joke at their expense?
I got smacked during my last special "Jeff Ross Roasts America" - by a woman who didn't like me making fun of her uneven breasts. yolo
If you could roast anyone in the world who would it be?
Can you give us a Roast of Kanye preview?
Yes, the dais would be me, Kanye, and a lot of hairy women. #Caitlyn
I know you used to roast your bullies in school, but did you ever get in trouble for it?
No, I was lauded. They named a cafeteria lady after me.
Does it bother you that Chris D. is a mouth breather and a close talker?
You're talking about my publicist Chris D. Luckily we only email because he's a shut in. check out the esquire.com article he set up today!
If there were a Mt. Roastmore, what 4 comedians would be on it?
Berle, Hackett, Rickles, The Situation
Hell no. Curious why you couldn't keep the name. Jewish pride, yo!
It's still my name when I fly and pay taxes and go to the weed doctor.
"It's been a rough year for comedy, not only did the world lose Greg Giraldo, but even worse, it kept Jeff Ross".
Your reaction to Anthony Jeselnik's joke was that it was harsh. Were you expecting that? How great was Greg Giraldo?
Any backstage antics you can share or do you guys (and ladies; cause Lisa Lampanelli's nothing if not a lady) pretty well leave it all out there ONstage?
Edit. Thanks for doing this AMA. Big fan for a long time here.
Thanks. Yes. Very. Yes, onstage. Thanks.
What is your favorite thing that Gilbert Gottfried and Norm MacDonald have said in a roast?
Also, you're one of my favorite comedians. This may not mean much coming from a stranger online, but you're like, totally cool and stuff.
Totally thanks and stuff. I don't remember Gilbert or Norm ever being at a roast. That's a great idea. I'll look into it.
What was your most memorable moment of/with Greg Giraldo?
Probably the last time I answered that question 10 minutes ago.
Hey there, you melted hippo! (still one of my favorite roast lines ever from Samberg)
My question: what's the joke you've told that's bombed the worst?
Come find out. I'm performing live next week at Bonnaroo or in Charlotte, Atlanta, Norfolk, or Richmond..
Do you feel badly that uncle milties kinescopes were lost or destroyed?
I loved Milton Berle. He hosted the first roast I ever did for Steven Segal. My opening joke was, "I realize a lot of you don't know me but I feel uniquely qualified to be here today because I'm also a shitty actor". Anyway, I killed and Miltie gave me good advice afterwards... He said, "They only remember the home runs".
How pissed was Ludacris about that paul walker joke?
He left fast and furious.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Also, do you have any questions for me or about the position?
I love what I do. So hopefully... THIS.
Is the Burn ever coming back?
I just took some antibiotics so I hope not.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into stand up?
Get on stage every night. Tape your sets. Enjoy the process. Don't follow me.
What were your thoughts of Andy Samburg's roasting of James Franco? It is my number one favorite roast yet!
That was a classic appearance by Andy. I loved it. That whole roast was so funny and one of my favorites. Shout out to Franco's grandma! She was cute. I wonder if she lived another 127 hours.
What was going through your mind when Luke Skywalker pulled a gun on you just before you dropped him into your Rancor pit?
Poor Luke has daddy issues.
Jeff, you're awesome at your craft.
Are you still involved with the Occupy movement?
Yes, I'm still here at City Hall. Where is everybody???
Hey Jeff, big fan, you fat bastard.
My mom also died when I was a kid and I realized soon after that, that I liked turning it into a comedic thing (setting them up for a "your mom" joke and bringing up the situation as if it's hilarious). Was that where comedy started with you?
Nah, when I was 8 I hit myself in the nuts with nunchuks. I'm a black belt in tae kwon do.
Hey Jeff , im a big fan of yours , my question is , do you think people have to be naturally funny to do stand up ? or can people that are not really funny in a normal situation get good at stand up if they try hard enough ?
It helps to have a shitty childhood. But if you work hard at anything you can make it happen. Except for you.
Hey Jeff. Thanks again for coming out to Ohio State a while back, it was definitely one of my favorite comedy shows I've been to. My question is: is there a particular joke or instance that you've felt you may have crossed the line? i remember somebody a while back mentioning the Kurt Cobain joke to Courtney love and how crazy it was. Are there sometimes jokes you try to avoid, or do you just not let any potential hurt feelings effect you?
Go Buckeyes! Nothing is off limits as long as it's handled cautiously. If it doesn't offend somebody, somewhere, it's probably not funny.
Yo! Which celebrity that you've roasted has gotten the most offended by you or another roasters jokes? Everyone laughs and plays it off but sometimes it looks like the are genuinely pissed.
If you get pissed at a roast you're an idiot.
How much do you even weigh?
DEPENDS WHAT TIME OF DAY
Whatever happened to that Stephen Hawking roast that apparently was supposed to happen after the Franco one?
Will there ever be a Roast of Jeff Ross?
I don't think I could handle it. I'm very sensitive. Still, that would be cool. I bet my previous victims would line up to get me back.
Why did you choose Brazos County?
They chose me. We asked 100's of jails/prisons. Only Wayne Dicky at Brazos had the guts to let me in. Luckily he got me in and out alive. Texas takes law enforcement as seriously as I take roasting.
What was more difficult: performing in a prison or in North Dakota?
Are we related?
Love your work! Do you like being synonymous with a form of comedy like roasting, or does it add a certain amount of pressure where people assume that you are your on-stage persona all of the time? Does that expectation to be biting work its way into the other comedy that you do?
Good question... I dunno.. Does Michael Jordan like being asked about BASKETBALL???
Favorite Disney Princess?
Jeff, do you have any advice for an aspiring comedian?
stay out of jail. Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals airs Saturday night. I don't want to see you in the crowd.
Is that you Greg?
Big fan Jeff! Of all the close to the bone jokes you've told at a roast which one is your favourite?
Mine - I loved you in Wreck it Ralph, which is what guys do to your pussy - they wreck it, then they ralph!
Thanks. One of my favorites was when I recently told an inmate in jail that he's "one of those rare people who look like a child and a child molester at the same time".
What effect did it have on your comedy to have both your folks die before you were 20?
Really helped! I highly recommend it.
but seriously, comedy comes from pain. Without some life experience you have nothing to talk about. My mentor Buddy Hackett once told me, "Comedians feel pain more than most people because that's our trade".
Thanks for doing this AMA. How was it to work with Patrice O'Neal on the roasts? He seemed like a really funny dude.
The best dude. So funny. So real. A true headliner. PO Roast in Peace.
Have you been asked to go back on Getting Doug with High yet?
He's asked but I'm still high from my last appearance with Dougie.
In times of tragedy, when is it ok to say a joke? What I mean is say the day after 9/11. How does comedy make getting over tragedy easier?
For all the same reasons we giggle in church or at funerals... it just makes everything bearable. It's a comedians job to shine light on the darkest things.
Are you funnier than my friends dad?
Nobody is funnier than your friends dad.
Do you plan on ever losing weight?
btw - just lost 3 pounds answering these fucking questions
Well, I doubt you actually respected the white supremacists.
What I meant was more the usual kind of roast, where you're roasting a friend, and you're doing so among friends. For instance, if I was roasting a woman I respected and cared about, who had a miscarriage at some point in her life, I would be hesitant to make poison womb jokes. That just seems like the kind of thing that cuts too deep. Would making those kinds of jokes be on the table for you?
You should've aborted that question.