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Jeff Ross Peyton's Gonna Kill at the 'Roast' ... Here's Why.

8/25/2016 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Peyton Manning's got one HUGE obstacle to overcome if he wants to slay at the "Comedy Central Roast" of Rob Lowe -- but Jeff Ross says the QB is already showing serious promise. 

"Athletes are funny, but they don't always take a joke well," Ross told us at The Comedy Store in L.A. 

"They're usually very sensitive."

FYI, several athletes have been featured on 'Roasts' in the past -- including Warren Sapp, Mike Tyson and Shaq. 

The good news for Manning ... Ross says Peyton has already proved he has thick skin -- and expects nothing less than hilarity when #18 takes the stage. 

Meantime, he has one piece of advice for Manning ... "Wear a helmet."

Peyton Manning I'M ROASTING ROB LOWE ... OmaHaHaHa!!!

8/18/2016 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0818-peyton-manning-rob-lowe-TMZ-GETTY-01Peyton Manning got himself a job this NFL season after all ... ROASTER ... and his target will be Rob Lowe

The ex-QB will be on the dais during the "Comedy Central Roast" of Peyton's fellow DirecTV pitchman -- which airs on Labor Day. 

David Spade will serve as Roast Master -- and will get some help from his old "Tommy Boy" co-star Bo Derek.

Everyone knows people on the dais are just as big of targets as the guests ... so, good luck Peyton's forehead -- it's gonna be a long night. 

Keegan-Michael Key Comedy with Donald Trump? I Said, Biiiiitch ...

1/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Key & Peele" star Keegan-Michael Key famously shared a stage with President Obama, but says NO amount of money will get him to do the same for presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Key brought the house down at last year's White House Correspondents' Dinner with his "Anger Translator" skit -- so we got him at LAX and asked him if he'd be down to do some comedy with the Donald. 

For once, Key wasn't laughing. Watch ... 'cause he didn't just shoot down the possibility, he explained why in detail.

Sooo ... a round of golf is probably out of the question? 

Amy Schumer I'm Fierce on the Drums

12/23/2015 9:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Amy Schumer got up on a super small stage and not only treated about 15 people to a comedy show, she even furiously played the drums.

Amy was performing in St. Louis a few days ago. After the performance, she went to Jazz at the Bistro, a local club and just grabbed the mic.

Eddie Murphy Comedy Stage, Here I Come!!!

10/18/2015 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Eddie Murphy has opened the door to a return to the comedy stage.

Eddie was arriving at the Four Seasons in Georgetown ... he's in D.C. to pick up the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

Prez Obama's sure to be there, and Eddie returned the flattery in advance.

But down to business ... our photog asked Eddie if he'd break the 28-year dry spell by returning to the comedy stage, and his time frame seems promising.

Tracy Morgan NO FEAR ... Of Stand-up Comeback

10/14/2015 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tracy Morgan catching a case of nerves about getting back onstage after a 16 month layoff? THAT'S CRAZY!

We got Tracy as he was leaving 'SNL' rehearsals Tuesday night, and asked if he had any concerns about shaking off the rust for his 2 stand-up gigs in NYC the other night.

Tracy's confidence is definitely not shaken ... check out his response.

Also cool to see him interact with some of the other cast members and fans outside 30 Rock.



Steve Rannazzisi Comedy Central Airs Show Despite 9/11 Lie

9/20/2015 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Steve Rannazzisi got a slice of good news in the wake of his 9/11 lie admission ... Comedy Central aired his special.

The network hedged after Steve disclosed he was not in one of the twin towers during the attack ... a story he propagated in vivid detail for years.

The special -- "Breaking Dad" -- aired Saturday night.

"The League" star wasn't as lucky with his lucrative Buffalo Wild Wings commercial, which was yanked off the air after he fessed up.

Prez Obama Upstaged by 'Angry' Key & Peele Star

4/26/2015 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Barack Obama made, arguably, the best decision of his presidency when he jacked a "Key & Peele" skit for his standout moment at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

If you missed it -- 'cause like most Americans, you don't watch CNN or C-Span on Saturday nights -- the prez brought out 'K&P' star Keegan-Michael Key to play his "anger translator" ... who says what POTUS is really thinking during speeches.

The bit always killed ... like it always does. Check out the pot shots at the media (including the W.H. Correspondents), Ted Cruz, and even Hillary Clinton.

Good move, B.O. ... leave the comedy to comedians. 

Ralphie May Screw Ludacris ... Paul Walker Joke at Bieber Roast was Funny

3/28/2015 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ralphie May thinks non-comedians like Ludacris should leave comedy to the professionals, because Ralphie's indignant at Luda's indignation over that Paul Walker joke during the Justin Bieber roast.

Our photog got Ralphie at LAX Friday and he made no bones about it.  He thinks Luda's a "bad sport" for going ballistic when Jeff Ross cracked, "Move Bitch, get out of the way, is what Paul Walker should have told that tree."

You gotta hear Ralphie ... he does NOT mince words.  He thinks Comedy Central kisses the asses of stars and that's why they cut the Walker joke from the roast.

Justin Bieber Roast Comedy Central Axes Paul Walker Jokes

3/17/2015 5:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


The comedians at the Justin Bieber Roast crossed the line when they used the death of Paul Walker to mock the roastee ... so says Comedy Central which is cutting the jokes from the show.

Jeff Ross mocked Bieber, comparing his driving skills to Paul Walker's and then referenced Ludacris' song, "Move Bitch," saying, "Move bitch, get out of the way, is what Paul Walker should've told that tree. Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?"

Apparently the joke royally pissed off Luda and Bieber didn't like it either.

Comedy Central said the joke crossed the line and it will be 86'd from the show.


Shaquille O'Neal I'm Roasting Justin Bieber

3/5/2015 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0305_shaq_justin-bieber-tmzHe's burned Kobe ... He's burned Barkley ... and now Shaquille O'Neal has his sights on Justin Bieber -- 'cause he's been tapped to be an official flamethrower at the Comedy Central Roast

Shaq -- along with stars like Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Jeff Ross and Martha Stewart (what?!) -- will be tasked with ripping the Biebs to shreds in front of a packed house on March 30th. 

Shaq and Bieber have history -- they once had a dance battle back before Bieber turned heel.  

Justin Bieber I'm Gonna Get Hannibal Lectured At the Roast

2/16/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0215-justin-bieber-jeff-ross-hanniabl-buress-tmz-01Comedy Central is pulling out the big guns for Justin Bieber's roast ... and we've learned two comedians who don't hold back have signed on.

Sources involved in the roast tell TMZ ... the network has locked down both Jeff Ross and Hannibal Buress for the big show next month. You'll recall, Ross has already said he was ready to destroy.

As for Buress ... well, you can ask Bill Cosby about that.

Kevin Hart will officiate as Roast Master, and there are some huge names producers are now gunning to get.

Never say never Justin ... about backing out.


Jon Stewart I'm Done Doing 'The Daily Show'

2/10/2015 3:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0210-jon-stewart-daily-show-tmz-01Jon Stewart is leaving "The Daily Show" after nearly 20 years as a correspondent and anchor.

Comedy Central just announced Stewart would wrap up his duties on their hugely successful show later in 2015. There's been a lot of speculation about whether he would continue on the show when his contract ended this year. 

Stewart talked about his decision in November on "The Howard Stern Show."

Stewart took over as host in 1999 ... and under his lead "The Daily Show" won the Emmy for Best Variety Series every year from 2002 to 2012. All told it's won 18 Emmys.

Comedy Central did not give a specific date for Stewart's last day on the air.


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