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Carolla: Here’s Why We Can’t Roast Lena Dunham

We all know by now that the conservative firebrand got fricasseed during Comedy Central’s latest celebrity roast.

Lowe took his lumps, too. People still couldn’t stop talking about the barbs aimed at Donald Trump’s high-profile apologist. Roasters routinely catch not-so-friendly fire during these events. Few have been attacked as ruthlessly as Coulter, though.

Adam Carolla says that wouldn’t have happened if Coulter felt the Bern, not the allure of the red hat. Carolla’s Sept. 9 podcast drilled down into the Lowe roast. For the uninitiated, here are some of the “jokes” fired off at Coulter:

“Why is Ann Coulter here tonight? Because the right-to-lifers wanted everyone to see what an abortion looks like up close.” — Rob Lowe

“Ann Coulter, if you’re here, who is scaring the crows away from our crops?” — Pete Davidson

“Ann Coulter is one of the most repugnant, hateful bitches alive — but it’s not too late to change, Ann. You could kill yourself.” — Jimmy Carr

“I just realized I’m not the only athlete up here. As you all know, earlier this year Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby.” — Peyton Manning

“The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave.” — Nikki Glaser


This Whitman’s Sampler doesn’t include her getting called the “c-word” repeatedly during the event. Remember, this was a Rob Lowe Roast.

Roast of Rob Lowe - Rob Lowe - Why Is Ann Coulter Here?

Carolla argued this wouldn’t have happened if, say, Lena Dunham were one of the roasters. Dunham is an outspoken Hollywood liberal, a woman whose body type doesn’t align with industry standards.

Now, imagine if all of the aforementioned jokes were targeted at Dunham, not Coulter. It wouldn’t be pretty, Carolla said. Nor would the comments go unanswered.

“If you swapped the aisles on this, if this was Janeane Garofalo … you would be run out of this town,” Carolla said. “You could not attack the physicality of somebody who came from the other side of the aisle … not a female.”

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Roasters could hit on a liberal’s politics or persona. Her appearance? That wouldn’t fly, he said. In an era of body-shaming shaming, Carolla has a point.

Carolla understands that Coulter’s fiery nature brought on the all-out assault. That doesn’t detract from his argument.

“If you put Lena Dunham up there, and you start talking about her being a fat ass there would be a serious situation,” Carolla said. “And if you had [conservative pundit] Tucker Carlson calling Lena Dunham a fat ass, how much trouble would he be in? Why does this only go one way?”

“You would want [Carlson] fired from any job he had the next day,” Carolla said.

For what it’s worth, media outlets gleefully reported on both the roast itself and the vicious nature of the Coulter jokes.


    1. You think Trump isn’t grateful to Coulter? You think maybe he will be asked to watch the vid? You think, as President, he’ll be interested in kicking some media butt?
      10 year copyright. The end to “Hollywood accounting”. Two proposals that would have the moguls soiling their panties.

      1. I wasn’t even thinking about Trump. Coulter writes a lot of book about the Left. If she ever decided to write one focused on the entertainment industry, this video provides a few tidbits of source material. I wonder if she can track down the point at which entertainment got downright vicious.

  1. I have watched many of these roasts and this has got to be least funny ever. I understand that part of the humor of a roast is to be mean especially to the person being roasted, but this one was just plain mean to Ann. Yes, Ann brought some of it on herself and the question has to be asked why did she attend. The venom thrown at Ann was painful (as was her set) and listening to several of the comedians after the event, it was plain to see that they hated Ann with an intensity that was way overboard. They should be ashamed of what happened.

  2. As usual, Hollywood put together all the class they could muster and came up empty. Lucky me, Ann and Lowe are the only names I recognize. I remember Lowe only because I have a good memory. His last effort attracted fewer viewers than at the Roast. Actually, Ann turned out to be the star of that, so never mind.

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