Peyton Manning Burns Tom Brady With DeflateGate Joke At Comedy Central Roast
Tanya Ray Fox 04:34 pm, August 30th, 2016
There are plenty of teaser clips from Comedy Central's Roast of Rob Lowe, set to air on Labor Day, circulating around the internet. And by all accounts, it looks pretty brutal. Hilariously and uncomfortably brutal. The CC roasts are known to be relentless and unforgiving in their verbal assaults on not just the subject of the roast but on just about everyone in the room.
Yet despite not being there, Tom Brady was once again the butt of yet another DeflateGate joke, delivered this time by friend and fellow NFL star Peyton Manning.
Featuring David Spade as the Roast Master, the dais consisted of mostly comedians with a few representatives of other entertainment genres; one of which was the Papa John's commercial guru. And what would Peyton Manning at a Comedy Central roast be without a Tom Brady DeflateGate joke? It was bound to happen.
His bowed head at the end tells you everything you need to know about how Manning felt about that joke. He loved it, but he knows it was also kind of a low blow. Which is exactly what is necessary at a roast! It had to be done, Peyton. It had to.
Sure, it's an overplayed trope that induces more "ohhhh snap!" reactions than actual laughs, but it's the easy joke. And at the end of the day, the writers only have so much material for people like Manning who aren't comedians. Manning is naturally funny and has great timing but at the end of the day, he's no Jeff Ross. Writing letters to your famous friends isn't quite the same thing as writing scathing, purposely offensive one-liners for TV.
Of course this below-the-belt burn between friends wasn't the high (low?) point of the roast by any means, because for some inexplicable reason, Ann Coulter agreed to show up. Apparently she is hocking some book she wrote and wants the publicity, but I'm not sure to whom among the crowd of Comedy Central viewers she thought she'd appeal. Needless to say, it was a grave mistake on her part. And her mistake was very, very much our gain.
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