Sarah Silverman and Natasha Leggero Slayed at James Franco Roast
3:59 pm, September 3rd | by Colette McIntyre
Last night was the premiere of Comedy Central’s Roast of James Franco and things went pretty much as expected: the featured comedians all made note of the fact that Jonah Hill used to be fat, Aziz Ansari is Indian, and James Franco is a man with a beautiful face who made a film about gay S&M culture called Interior. Leather Bar so he has probably given a ton of blowjobs, right guys, amirite? While the dais was more star-studded than usual (all thanks to Franco’s own A-list status), it was still a sausagefest, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the bro-y spirit of most things within Three Degrees of Judd Apatow. There were just two women invited to participate in the roast, Sarah Silverman and fast-rising star Natasha Leggero, but these funny ladies certainly held their own.
Sarah Silverman’s segment was a classic Sarah Silverman set: the quips were raunchy, smart, and delivered with her signature disorienting charm. (If it wasn’t clear before, the following clips are definitely NSFW if you are watching without headphones.)
While Sarah Silverman never fails to make me laugh (her nod to those Sally Struthers, “Sponsor a Child” commercials left me howling), it was first time roaster Natasha Leggero who stole the show. You can tell that Leggero knew that this event was a make or break moment — she was standing onstage with some of comedy’s brightest stars, in a room full of her peers, before cameras that were recording the whole thing for national broadcast. The pressure was certainly on and I think she nailed it. Leggero was the only comedian who truly went for it, even outshining roast king Jeff Ross; her time at the podium was riddled with raucous laughter, winces, gasps, and Bill Hader mouthing the words “Jesus f#cking Christ!” It’s likely that few Comedy Central viewers knew who Natasha Leggero was before the roast — a fact that many comedians on the dais were keen to point out — but you can bet that everyone is now wondering where they can see more of her.