When Jeff Ross showed up to the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne dressed like Joe Paterno and with two underdressed teen boys, it wasn't just the comedian trying to be as shocking as possible. It was also a publicity stunt that got buzz going around Ross's name. And this is what it was for: The Burn with Jeff Ross, a new Comedy Central series, premieres tonight.
The series will see Ross engage in some mean-spirited jokes with other comedians, including JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Amy Schumer, and Ralphie May. The series, which airs in the half-hour timeslot right before The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, will feature Ross making jokes about "Olympic scandals, the newly minted 'Snoop Lion,' and the dearly departed Sally Ride," according to the press release.
Ross will also show up at comedienne Sarah Silverman's door for some "Friendly Fire," which I'm guessing to mean just involves the two insulting each other.
According to the press release, 'The Burn with Jeff Ross' "picks up where the Roasts leave off: Ross and a panel of guest comedians will skewer the week’s pop culture topics in-studio, and hit the streets on the 'Roaster Coaster' to take aim at 'Public Enemies' such as meter maids, the paparazzi, and those things in life that just need to be taken down a notch. With other segments including 'Roasting the Week,' a no-holds-barred look at the week’s hot topics; 'Friendly Fire,' in which Ross knocks on celebrity front doors, camera in tow; and 'Too Soon,' featuring commentary on the (extremely) recently departed, Ross continues to earn the title of 'Meanest Man in Comedy,' bestowed on him by New York Magazine."
Sounds a little obnoxious, don't you think? But then again, when has Ross been anything but obnoxious?
'The Burn with Jeff Ross' premieres tonight at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central. For those who missed it but really want to see it, episodes will be available the next day on iTunes, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Amazon and Vudu and in SD on Samsung.