Roast Battle is back! We’re almost halfway through 2019 and inching closer to the six-year anniversary of the show. As we come off a fun show at Clusterfest and mentally prepare for the upcoming Return of the Roastmaster’s Invitational at JFL Montreal, the Belly Room crew is here to show you a good time with five dynamic battles.

First up, we have Seaman Anderson versus Adam Brides. In case you’re wondering “who the fuck are these guys?” even more than you usually might during undercards, don’t worry, you’re not going crazy: these two are not LA comedians. They are, in fact, British. That’s right – following in the footsteps of fighters like Lee Hudson and Eric Lampaert, these two tea-drinkers are here to see if they’ve got the chops to keep up with the Americans. One thing’s for sure: even if they shit the bed, at least they’ll sound classy as hell while they’re doing it.

After that we have Abraham Boche versus Steve “Smokey” Olmos. Smokey is a newcomer to the ring, and is the perfect foil for Abraham, who is also yet to prove himself in comedy combat. There’s a sort of endearing charm to Abraham, who has battled five times, flirted with actually understanding how the show works, and wound up being an embarrassing failure every single time. He gets knocked down, but he gets up again, ain’t never gonna keep him down! Maybe this will be the night he proves he’s not all Chumba, no Wamba. In any case, as long as Smokey isn’t also a total trainwreck up there, he’ll probably take this in a walk. But I’m rooting for you, Abraham!

Up third is Sarah Fatemi versus Digits. This battle is a weird one, and not just because these two look like gender-swapped versions of each other. Sarah, who has guts and gumption but not a lot in the way of Roast Battle success, seems to be swinging for the fences with her challenge of Digits, who is riding a hot streak. In his past few battles, Digits has overcome a rough patch to come into his own as a fighter. Meanwhile, Sarah seems to have fallen into a “make really gross jokes” rut that hasn’t panned out for her. However, Roast Battle always has room for redemption and Cinderella stories, and this might be the night Sarah finally gets her glass slipper back. I think this is going to be one of the most entertaining fights of the whole night.

Our final undercard is Ryan Nesen versus Cole Alexander. Finally, some basic-ass white guys! These two have been on fire lately, but now they face their biggest challenge yet: roasting someone who looks like them. See, it’s the easiest thing in the world for white guys to make fun of literally anyone else in Roast Battle. It’s a show where racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and xenophobia all get cooked down into a tasty comedy gumbo. But fighting a boring white dude is tricky. There’s only so many ways you can say someone looks like a rapist, a KKK member, or like their parents pay for everything. To really show off in a fight like this one, you have to unequivocally prove that you’re a highly creative joke writer. Do these two have what it takes? Based on their records, it sure seems like it – but time will tell.

Tonight’s main event is Zach Stein versus Lou Misiano. Finally, some interesting white guys! Zach and Lou are two fighters who have proven themselves to be extremely talented at Roast Battle while exhibiting completely different styles. Zach is laid-back, whimsical, and self-deprecating, while Lou is arrogant, brash, and cutting. Fights like this are where Roast Battle feels like a comedy version of MMA, where two different disciplines come to blows and give the world some top-quality entertainment. I have no idea what to expect from this battle, except for a slugfest. Don’t miss it!

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