Rob Lowe set for Comedy Central Roast
Comedy Central is set to roast Rob Lowe.
The 52-year-old actor is the latest star who has signed up to be ridiculed by a host of comics and famous faces for the network, following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Charlie Sheen.
Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said: "Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome. He needs to be roasted."
Rob added: "What a thrill to once again be following in Justin Bieber’s footsteps. I look forward to a night of hilarious jokes recycled from the James Franco Roast. I would like to express my gratitude to the members of my family who have passed away and therefore will not have to endure what promises to be a very special evening."
Rob – who has been married to Sheryl Berkoff since 1991 – has overcome alcohol addiction and a sex tape scandal in the past to become one of America’s best-loved actors and frequently pokes fun at his own past indiscretions.
Meanwhile, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun says his comedy roast marked a turning point in his career after his reputation took a hit following a series of damaging stories shortly after he became a worldwide star.
Recalling the circumstances behind Justin’s Comedy Central roast, Scooter said: "I had a meeting in the office, and I said: ‘O.K., guys, these are some of my ideas. What person do you think Justin should do the intense sit-down interview with? Is it Katie Couric? Do we call Oprah and see if we can do a special?’
"And Ava [Coleman] – 21 years old, at the time an intern – she said: ‘I just think my generation doesn’t care about that. I think if you want people to see that he’s for real, he should do a Comedy Central roast.’
"And I went: ‘That is genius. Get it done.’ Twenty-four hours later, I was on the phone with Comedy Central."