Justin Bieber ASKED to be skewered by Comedy Central because he wants to make a public declaration he's screwed up a lot in the past, but he's figured it out and has changed for the better.
TMZ first reported ... Justin himself asked to be roasted to celebrate his 21st birthday. We're told he views it as a form of therapy ... acknowledging hijinks from DUIs to pissing in kitchen buckets.
But here's the thing ... Justin definitely seems to have changed over the last 4 months. People around L.A. tell us he's polite again, respectful and extremely generous. He went to Mozza in L.A. Sunday night but the restaurant was full. Two guys saw him and gladly moved to the bar so he could have a table. We're told Justin walked up to thank them and then bought their dinner.
And Justin was in line at a restaurant a few days back and randomly bought a meal for some people behind him.
People who have regular contact with Bieber tell us they've seen a radical change. As one put it, "The person I knew is back."
As for why the roast will be therapy ... we're told Justin thinks the evening will end the chapter of his life where he messed up. He'll take his lumps, and then move on as a real adult.
Checks Into Rehab
for Pill Addiction
8/27/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Pinette -- best known for his role as the fat guy who got mugged in the "Seinfeld" finale -- has checked himself into rehab after becoming addicted to prescription medication ... TMZ has learned.
A rep for the venue in Canada where John was set to perform in next month says Pinette had to postpone the gig because he was checking into a rehab facility for his addiction.
The rep says John -- who also had his own Comedy Central special in 2011 -- underwent surgery earlier this year and got hooked to the prescription medication he was taking.
John has since tweeted to his fans about the situation -- saying, "Thanks to everyone for your concern and well wishes.. Want to apologize for having missed shows last weekend, but I hope you understand!"
In case you're not a "Seinfeld" fan (WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?!?) ... Here's his famous scene from the super disappointing finale.
At least the reunion on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" kinda-sorta-not-really made up for it.
I Want Method Man to
Murder My Vagina
7/9/2013 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy Schumer wants Method Man to Wu her Tang ... seriously.
The Comedy Central star was at LAX recently -- where she seemed shocked by her meteoric surge in fame -- but still took time to talk to TMZ about vaginal homicide ... a la Amanda Bynes.
Bottom line -- Wu Tang Clam ain't nothin' to f*** wit.
Lindsay Lohan REFUSES
To Be Roasted
5/15/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We should have known by Lindsay Lohan's SNL performance that she has no sense of humor ... but this really takes the cake -- celebrity roastmaster Jeff Ross says Lindsay REFUSES to participate in this year's Comedy Central Roast.
It would've been a great idea to let comics poke fun at her fresh out of rehab ... because if there's anything we can learn from Alec Baldwin, it's that comedy can defuse almost any kind of negative publicity.
Alas, Jeff Ross says Lindsay turned down his offer ... but there are plenty of other people to choose from. Watch the clip.
Sorry for Trig Palin Joke
8/20/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wayne Brady says he takes "full responsibility" for using Trig Palin and his Down Syndrome as a punchline at the "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne" ... insisting "no malice or harm was meant."
Brady has been taking some serious heat for the past week ... over a joke in which he says Sarah Palin hates Jeff Ross because he reminds her of "what Trig is going to look like when he's 40."
Wayne issued a statement on Facebook in which he says he didn't write the Jeff joke but explains, "At the end of the day I take full responsibility for saying it."
He adds, "I could defend it as a performer, but I would rather apologize from the bottom of my heart as a father."
"To the Palins, please know that no malice or harm was meant. To the other families who were touched negatively, I hope you'll be able to accept this apology as well."
Brady was at LAX this weekend ... and told us, "It's a roast, but there are people with sensitivities ... and some people were bothered."
BOOED for Trig Palin
Joke at Roseanne Roast
8/13/2012 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
File this under "Things You Didn't Expect to Hear Today" -- Wayne Brady is under fire for a RACY joke he made at the "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne" .... WAYNE BRADY!!!
So what subject was so touchy that the crowd actually booed?? Brady made a joke featuring Sarah Palin's son Trig ... who suffers from Down Syndrome.
Now for the joke ... which Brady made while addressing Jeff Ross:
"Now the thing is Jeff ... these are all jokes, and I really like you. I really, really like you. But a lot of people hate you, especially Sarah Palin because you remind her of what Trig is going to look like when he’s 40."
After some boos, Brady shot back, "Oh, now you boo me? F*ck y’all. I don’t want to hear that. These people say all of this sh*t about me, and you boo me because of Trig?”
I Roasted Roseanne
... To End the Beef
8/6/2012 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After years of HATING EACH OTHER'S GUTS -- Tom Arnold says he made a last minute appearance at Comedy Central's roast of Roseanne last weekend ... to bury the hatchet once and for all.
TMZ broke the story ... A few weeks ago Tom was adamant he wanted nothing to do with the CC bash ... not surprising since he and Rosey had a notoriously nasty split back in 1994.
But a producer for the show tells TMZ ... Tom initially turned down his invitation to participate in the "Roast" ... but had a change of heart at the very last second and contacted producers to let them know he changed his mind.
We're told producers were on board, but had to get the green light from Roseanne first ... and in another shocking turn of events, she said yes.
The best part ... we're told after Tom roasted her, the pair shared a private moment backstage for the FIRST TIME IN 17 YEARS.
In case you're curious, here's one of Tom's "jokes" that helped settle their long-time beef:
"She may not be the perfect wife, but she is literally the worst f-ing EX-WIFE on the planet ... trust me."
Jeff Ross 'Batman' Massacre Joke
CUT from 'Roast'
8/6/2012 9:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Comedy Central is censoring Jeff Ross ... refusing to air the jokes he made about the "Dark Knight Rises" massacre during this weekend's taping of the "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne."
Ross -- who came to the event dressed like Joe Paterno, accompanied by two young topless boys -- has been under fire for cracking the following zinger, directed at Seth Green:
“Seth, congratulations. This is actually a great night for you ... you haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora. ... I’m kidding. You are not like James Holmes. At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember!”
Ross later admitted he crossed the line -- but told NBC News, "That is what Roasts are about."
Jeffrey Ross Does Not Know
Meaning of the Words TOO SOON
8/5/2012 5:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Comedian Jeffrey Ross made quite an entrance to the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr last night ... dressing up as legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and walking the red carpet with two very young looking males wearing nothing but towels.
It's a safe bet there was at least one "two-hand touch" joke made.
I Want NOTHING To Do
With Roseanne Roast
6/26/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't count on hearing any awkward jokes about having sex with Roseanne Barr -- because her famous ex-husband Tom Arnold wants nothing whatsoever to do with her upcoming Comedy Central roast.
A rep for Tom tells TMZ, the actor will NOT be reaching out to Comedy Central to participate and will say no if the network reaches out to him.
The rep adds, "He has absolutely no interest in being apart of it." The rep explained the couple simply doesn't talk anymore, and that's not gonna change any time soon.
Tom and Roseanne were married from 1990-1994 -- and their split was notoriously nasty, culminating in a screaming match outside the "Roseanne" set in 1994.
Years later, in a 2010 interview, Tom said Roseanne saved his life. So who knows.
Set to Beat Up Charlie Sheen
On Comedy Central Roast
8/29/2011 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cocaine ... hangovers ... and mug shots -- Mike Tyson and Charlie Sheen are a match made in Comedy Central Roast heaven ... and TMZ has learned Iron Mike is officially on board to skewer the Warlock next month.
Sources heavily involved with the Roast tell us ... Mike will be on the dais on September 10 ... along with Steve-O from "Jackass" ... comic Anthony Jeselnik and Roast legend Jeff Ross.
Sorry Charlie, I'm BUSY
7/6/2011 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen could get off REALLY easy at the upcoming Comedy Central "Roast" ... because TMZ has learned Lisa Lampanelli -- the QUEEN OF MEAN -- is booked that night and might not show!!!
Lisa tells us, "I am personally thrilled to death that they chose Charlie and I'm glad he's desperate enough to have accepted the challenge. I mean, come on -- the guy was replaced by Ashton Kutcher. I guess he now knows how Bruce Willis felt!"
But she adds, "Sadly, I'm actually booked to do a show that night already, but if there's any way I can get out of it, all I can say is, "Charlie, here I come!'"
The show is scheduled to tape September 10 in L.A.
Lisa ... make it happen.
I'm Going to Be ROASTED!!!!!!
7/5/2011 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's official ... Charlie Sheen will be the next "roastee" at the next Comedy Central Roast in September.
Sheen released a statement saying, "You could say I've been providing kindling for this Roast for a while ... It's time to light it up.& It's going to be epic."
The Roast will be taped in Los Angeles on September 10 ... and it will air on Comedy Central on September 19 -- which is, not coincidentally, the same night the revamped "Two and a Half Men" is set to premiere.
A rep for Comedy Central says, "Charlie has assured us that nothing will be off limits in this Roast which scares even us."
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