Jane Lynch to Host Roseanne Barr’s Comedy Central Roast

by | June 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM | TV News

Roseanne Barr. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Well, this is sure to be nuts. Roseanne Barr is the latest celebrity chosen as the target, er, subject, of a good ole Comedy Central summertime roast, the network announced Monday.

The “Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne” will tape in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 4, and premiere on Sunday, August 12 at 10/9c on Comedy Central.

Comedian Jane Lynch, who plays wicked cheerleading Coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” has been tapped to host the fete, Comedy Central revealed Wednesday.

“I’ve long fantasized of ripping Roseanne Barr a new one. But because I don’t have the cajones to say anything offensive to her face, I will be hosting the proceedings,” said Lynch.

The roasters have not yet been named, but I’m sure Roseanne will draw quite a crew of comedians to “honor” her. One person who won’t be there is Roseanne’s ex Tom Arnold, who immediately declared he wanted nothing to do with the special.

“Although Roseanne appears to be a demure, soft spoken woman eternally committed to the status quo, we believe under the surface is an explosive, trail-blazing cultural revolution. We are honored to Roast her,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central Head of Original Programming and Production. “Celebrating Roseanne’s unprecedented achievements in comedy and television will surely inspire us to make this Roast more reminiscent of the classic roasts, where the intimacy of friends jousting with each other came through.”

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Roseanne isn’t worried about getting skewered because she’s an angel.

“All I can say is good luck finding anything about me to make fun of…,” Barr said in a statement. “I mean, I’ve never made a mistake or offended anyone in my life!”

Roseanne joins a prestigious list of previous Roastees, including Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, David Hasselhoff, Joan Rivers, Larry The Cable Guy, Bob Saget, Flavor-Flav, Pamela Anderson and William Shatner.

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