The punches were predictable at Saturday’s roast of Charlie Sheen – well, all but the fist Jackass’s Steve-O took to his face.
Charlie Sheen faced the heat for more than two hours at the taping of his Comedy Central roast, as Hollywood A-listers (and some not so high on the list) grilled the former Two and a Half Men actor on his very public meltdown in early 2011 and his high-profile firing from the show.
Family Guy funnyman Seth MacFarlane served as roastmaster, wisecracking about CBS killing off Sheen’s character on Two and a Half Men. But, MacFarlane said, “you can just wait a couple months and see the real thing.” Jon Lovitz took the dais later, joking, “How much blow can Charlie Sheen do? Enough to kill Two and a Half Men.”
Grey’s Anatomy actress Kate Walsh ripped on Sheen’s child-custody issues, saying, “It’s amazing, after abusing your lungs, liver and kidneys, the only thing you’ve had removed is your kids.” And actor William Shatner subtly skewered Sheen’s fast and furious lifestyle: “I’m 80, you’re 46… how come we look like we went to high school together?” But Sheen seemed to take the deeply personal jokes – skewering his drug problems, history of alleged domestic abuse, and out-of-control attitude – in stride.
The most destructive moment of the evening may have been Steve-O’s self-inflicted broken nose. Attempting to recreate Sheen’s relationship violence, the Jackass star asked boxer Mike Tyson for a punch in the face. When Tyson didn’t oblige, Steve-O took the matter into his own, well, face: he ran into the boxer’s fist hard enough to crush his nose. And of course, there’s the requisite Twitter photo.
Sheen, the self-professed “winner,” continued that winning trend, by all accounts. He retorted, “You can’t hurt me. Hell, even I can’t hurt me.” The zingers and stingers delivered at the roast were hardly comparable to the self-destruction Sheen inflicted upon himself in his frequent media rants in the first months of this year. Capping off the evening with a rebuttal, he said, “It’s true I’ve hung around with a lot of shady people over the years… but to have you all here on one night is really special.”
The roast will be broadcast Sept. 19 at 10 p.m., just one hour after CBS’s Two and a Half Men season premiere where Sheen’s character will be killed off (hardly a coincidence, right?).