A question I’ve been asking myself is this: Why was Ann Coulter even invited to Rob Lowe’s roasting? If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it is simply an event where people get up on stage and tell insulting jokes about someone prominent. That someone is on the stage with them, just taking shot after shot before he is allowed to return the favor.
Back to my question, however, why was Coulter there? It’s not the type of place you’d expect a political pundit who has never really been funny. But, alas, she went, and according to reports, she was roasted much harder than Rob Lowe. Variety listed some of the jokes made at the taping:
Nikki Glaser: “The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave.”
Peyton Manning: “I’m not the only athlete up here. As you know, earlier this year, Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby.”
[Pete] Davidson: “If you are here, Ann, who is scaring the crows away from our crops?”
[Rob] Lowe: “After seeing your set tonight, we’ve seen the first bombing you can’t blame on a Muslim.”
Jeff Ross: “Ann is against gay marriage. What is your thinking on that? If I can’t get a husband, they can’t either?”
Jewel: “I do want to say as a feminist that I can’t support everything that’s been said tonight. But as someone who hates Ann Coulter, I’m delighted.”
Rob Riggle: “If Ann Coulter is here, someone must have said her name three times. Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”
Now, I’m fairly certain that, Trump support or not, Coulter would have gotten most of this anyway. The comedy world is definitely as leftward trending as the rest of the entertainment media (albeit with a few notable exceptions). But, Coulter is definitely a high-profile Trump supporter, and was destined to be the most disliked person on that stage.
We really have no way of knowing which, if any, of the jokes were cut. Knowing Coulter, she’s taking it all in stride, and has the sense of humor to not blow up about it. No one really knows why she was invited, but she was there and got destroyed for her trouble.
The Roast will air on Comedy Central on Labor Day, if you’re interested in seeing Ann Coulter torn to shreds by comedians and Peyton Manning.