Love to Interrupt
Who is the funniest person in
America? Is it a seasoned professional or a person with just a
funny story to tell? Find out as Jay Mohr invites some of the
funniest people to take the stage in competition for a
contract with NBC and a special on Comedy Central.
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host/Creator: Jay Mohr
EP: Peter Engel, Barry Katz, Jay Mohr, Dan Cutforth,
Packager: Peter Engel Productions, Giraffe Productions,
Airs: Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET on NBC
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The Roast Challenge - July
Bonnie McFarland and Todd Glass have mercifully been
sent packing from the Comedy Castle. In the next 60
minutes, we will see someone else being tossed into the
moat to be dragon food.
Returning to the castle not via moat is Tammy, who is
thrilled that she beat someone is good (?) as Todd. She
also thinks that her alliance of herself, ANT, Jay and
Alonzo will be thrilled, while wondering how Gary (who
voted for her) would react. Sure enough, ANT is there
waiting to hug her, and even Kathleen is taking a
picture, while Gary doesn't clap and is looking like
someone nailed him with the tour bus from the last
episode. 'It's like losing your best friend in a time
when you really need a best friend. I was involved in an
alliance and it may come back to hurt me.' The only
drama in this episode may be who Gary decides to go up
against in the head-to-head round. ANT - 'It's been,
Bonnie, Todd, Gary on the chopping block. Bye, Gary.'
ANT takes Jay London outside and tells him that he will
be giving Jay the photo shoot that he won on the last
show. Jay London is blown away by this, but ANT says
that he just got a photo shoot, so he doesn't need this
one. Well, that may be true, but it's not the only
reason...'Jay is a person that needs to be loved' says
ANT, as his plan to solidify alliance members who will
vote the way that he wants them to vote is coming into
Jay goes to visit Will Blockinger, who has to teach Jay
how to smile. Jay, who looks like a neanderthal already,
has never been to a real photo shoot and it turns into
the scene where Tarzan is first introduced into
civilization. Meanwhile, John Heffron is reintroducing
himself to the gypsy, who tells John that the challenge
tomorrow is to show a comic how much you love them
Love is expressed in so many different ways, as Jay Mohr
tells them that they have to roast one of their own at
the Friars in Beverly Hill. He tells them that is a
great tradition in comedy to do this - and then almost
strangles Corey, who asks him to explain what exactly
that tradition is. Three legendary friars will figure
out who has the best roasted - or roastee - skills. The
reward? A free years membership into the Friar's guild.
In addition. someone will win immunity, but he didn't
say that it would be the same person who was selected by
the Friars. Hmmmmm. There will also be a message in an
envelope which will not be revealed until the roast is
'They say you only roast the ones you love.' says Jay,
as the comedians have to stick a cigar in the box of the
person who they want to see roasted. After the voting,
we see that Alonzo has one cigar, while Jay has...6 of
the remaining 7. Well, he 'wins' in a rout, but ANT says
that it's not all about him. The alliance figures that
they will have the easiest time to make fun of their
own, and when one of them wins immunity, then Gary will
be toast. I have to admire ANT for his strategy, as he
has clearly the best strategic prowess. Too bad he has
to repeat material from his repertoire consistently and
have the laughability of your standard pineapple.
The comics have to be original because, according to
John, 'I didn't come her with any Jay London material.'
Gary and Jay talk about how Gary is being gunned for,
and both of them are doing Dat-Phan-like joke writing
sessions to try to get the best script. John uses his
own strategy too, by telling ANT that his set is funny -
when no one is laughing. Well, what's the difference
between now and when he has done his other sets?
We're here for the roast, and the roast master is Jay
Mohr. The Friar judges are Norm Crosby, Phyllis Diller
and Rich Little. 'Stick around after the shot, because
the judges are going to switch wigs.' Ouch.
And speaking of Jay London, we get a comedy spotlight.
'So I called up the injury hotline and I told them I was
hurting for cash.' He's esoterically funny,
Gary goes first - and he sort of misunderstood the idea.
He decided to roast everybody, which gets no points from
the cast - but points from the judges. 'I'm glad that he
was able to take the bone out of his head.' He went
after Tammy, ANT, Alonzo and Corey (who actually
laughed). If Gary wasn't a target before, he is now.
John is also cute, but he references Neil Young, which
doesn't get much from the audience.
'He says thank you more than a Chinese waiter.' says
Kathleen, who prefers to be in the laundromat. Corey -
'The back of your head smells like pit bull afterbirth.'
Eh. ANT doesn't do better, as he says that Jay was
rejected by the folks at Queer Eye.
Alonzo - ''Wise man, peaceful man, possibly a cro-magnon
man....put a personal advertisement in National
Geographic.' That gets the crowd going. Jay does a bit
for himself, but it goes as well as Kathleen's does.
Tammy's comedy spotlight does better than Jay's bit -
but it's a repeat of the cheating sketch.
The judges get to talk to the comedians. Norm says that
Kathleen and Corey had weak material and Gary was too
crude, while Alonzo and John were strong. Phyllis likes
John and Alonzo, but says that Kathleen isn't for
roasts. Rich curses the comedians out for having crude
material (as he goes after Gary). He says Alonzo blew
him away, as he was funny and clean, while ANT, 'you
should be in a home...not mine, we have a dog.' OUCH.
The judges have decided that the person who gets the
year's membership into the group is...Alonzo! Alonzo
tells the judges that it was a high honor for him and he
What's in the envelope? Jay M. opens up the
envelope...and says that the roastee, for being roasted,
gets immunity. Jay L. thinks it's a stay of execution,
while Alonzo finds it disappointing.
Gary, who knows that he will be voted, knows that he
wants ANT, because he doesn't like the way he
manipulates the vote. He may not get him though, as he
tries to trash-talk him into voting for him. ANT, who
knows this, tells Gary that he can go up against
Kathleen, because he won't vote for him. Gary - 'This is
beneath me'. ANT - 'At 6'6", everything is beneath you.'
Tammy and ANT talk strategy, and ANT tells Tammy his
plans, whereas Tammy convinces him that he has to stand
up for himself. ANT doesn't think that this is his week,
and he thinks that he would be able to do it next week,
but Tammy seems pretty firm on this. Will Tammy be able
to convince ANT to vote for Gary? We'll see...
...after we see Kathleen Madigan in a comedy spotlight.
She likes to see John Madden because she likes to see
how healthy she is. Heh. One of the comedian's stays in
the house isn't going to be that healthy.
Jay Votes for Gary
Corey votes for ANT
Gary votes for ANT
John votes for ANT
Kathleen votes for Gary
Alonzo votes for Gary
Tammy votes for Alonzo (Jay - 'She is Sicillian with
ANT votes for....Gary
Gary congratulates ANT for coming through, but it really
wouldn't have mattered. Because of the way that Tammy
voted, should ANT have voted for anyone else, it would
have been a 3-3 tie, and ANT and Gary would have had to
compete against each other anyway. Needless to say, we
know who Gary will pick, and the challenge is on.
ANT says he is up for the challenge, while Tammy and
Alonzo stare at each other. I wonder if ANT is up for
this - and I wonder if Tammy knew that ANT was going
thanks to her voting strategy. I wonder if Tammy and
Alonzo may be a little bit more in power than we are
being led to believe...
Anyway, the conspirators can be out for a few minutes,
as we hear Jay Mohr compare women to the pit crew of the
Indy 500 and how men use the same clothes during the
weekend. He was pretty good this time...
...will the comics be better? Gary takes this one
personally for what ANT did to Todd, and he thinks that
it will be better for the house and the contest if he
took ANT out. He won't beat anyone as he recycles his
material that he used in Vegas. Zzzzzzzz....
'This is actually the moment that I've been waiting for
my whole entire career.' This should be ANT's round to
win unless, 1. he repeats his same exact sketch that he
does every single time and 2. he goes into his gay
schtick to a crowd who probably aren't as gay-friendly
as the normal groups. Well, he does have new material,
but the gayness is all over the place AND he throws this
in. 'I see a placard that says jerk to operate' so I
look for George Bush'. That gets a lot of boos, and
although the skit was funny, and the best that I have
heard him, I think he alienated way too many people in
his sketch to get the win. I would be amazed if he won,
but I don't think he did his homework.
If it's a close vote, ANT may have snuck out the win. IF
the margin is wide, then the match goes to Gary. Jay
says that the margin is 73%-27%, which means that Gary
will win.....and he does. Gary - 'Ding Dong, the witch
is dead. I'm on Cloud 9.'
ANT leaves and he wipes the tears off of his face. 'The
back-biting, the conniving...it's been really fun. Am I
the brains behind the alliance? No. Someone else is
pulling the strings and I am just their little puppet.'
I didn't think so, and I believe that a specific
Sicillian women may have something to do with that.
Don't worry, ANT - I am sure there must be many tour bus
companies out there that would love to employ you.
Let me get on my podium for a second. The three comics
who not only were questionable, but who should not have
been in the house to begin with, are the first three
out. Does it legitimize everyone else? Sure, but the
quality of the show would have been better with Dan, Jim
and TIm in that house. How much more quality? I don't
know, but with more talent and less drama, maybe they
wouldn't have lost to Big Brother and Amazing Race in
the last ratings battle.
Next week, one of the comics will lose in the
head-to-head battle. Turn in next week to find out who
June 8 - Auditions
June 9 - New York Semis
June 15 - Vegas Finals (1)
June 16 - Vegas Finals (2)
June 22 - Into the House
June 29 - The Tour Bus