Kate Walsh is preparing for life after “Private Practice” – by trying out her stand up skills at “The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.”
“I do have a bit of raunchy to me,” she admitted moments after the cameras stopped rolling Saturday night in Los Angeles. “I am Irish, after all.”
Walsh was one of nine roasters on the dais – and one of the most surprising.
“Why are you even here?” roastmaster Seth MacFarlane asked in the opening moments of the ninety-minute smackdown, which premieres September 19.
Though Walsh says she had only met Sheen once before, she welcomed the opportunity to take her best shots at the self-proclaimed “rockstar from Mars.”
Among her many zingers:
* “I have to say, Charlie, you are an incredible medical specimen. I guess that is one of the benefits of waking up every morning at the crack of crack.”
* “Charlie was making $1.8 million an episode. He was making so much money, he was having a hospital rushed to him.”
* “What is amazing is that despite all those years of abusing your lungs, your kidney, your liver – the only thing you have had removed is your kids.”
* “People don’t know this, but you are actually a great father. In fact when Charlie’s last child was born, he not only cut the cord, he chopped it up and snorted it.”
* “Admittedly, Charlie gets a little bit confused sometimes. He is the only guy who pulls a knife on a woman who is already willing to (have sex with) him.”
Before the night was over, Sheen was given an opportunity to respond to all of his roasters – including Walsh.
“Kate Walsh, I don’t know anyone who watches your show – because I date women who can still get their period,” he said.
“Actually ‘Private Practice’ has a huge audience. When it gets cancelled it will be the worst news your fan will hear until her cat gets leukemia.”
“It was fun for me to come back and get up here,” the actress told us backstage. “I have never done stand-up, but I have done a lot of long form improv and half hour comedy (“Norm”, “The Drew Carey Show”). So this was really fun and challenging and terrifying and an exercise in masochism to come up and do this.”
Of all the ways to start a career in stand up…
What a great opportunity! We had a bunch of funny writers and I had a couple of my jokes in there.
Isn’t it scary to get up and start saying things like that about someone you don’t know?
Yeah, but it is fun. I knew everybody was going to be taking shots at everyone. It was so well written and super smart and fun and dirty and filthy and awesome. I was like, ‘let’s go for this.’
Weren’t you afraid of what they would say back to you?
I prepared myself. And there was so much worse that they didn’t mention.
Who were you most afraid of?
Probably Jeff (Ross). When I lived in New York I used to watch him do stand up down in the east village. I thought, Oh my God, this guy is going to kill me. But I was kind of fully prepared for everyone to kill me. But it was all in good fun. You are like “Nice to meet you…and I am sorry.”
We have heard a lot about why Charlie would want to do this tonight. What is your assessment? Was this good for him?
I just think that the whole process of being an actor or an artist is a series of ups and downs. Part of his process is what transpired this last year. And this was a new phase of it. He is a brilliant f–king performer and a super sweet guy and completely talented. So it was good to see him out there expressing himself. And continuing to do that.
Do you have a new respect for him?
I have always had respect for him. We just live in a world where everything is public now.
When can we see you do more stand up?
I don’t know, but I have a comedy that I am working on for hiatus that I am trying to shoot. That is what we will be working on next.