by Dan Nolan
Roast Battle returns tonight for another show packed to the gills with veteran and newbie judges and battlers set to get the room rocking.
Seated at our judges’ panel is the Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross fresh off the debut of The Comedian, a film he co-wrote starring Robert DeNiro. Annie Lederman joins us from all manner of basic cable talking head shows and is always a welcome addition to the dais for her ferocious wit. Megan Gailey also joins the panel for the second time, with the veteran of this past season’s Atlanta Regionals ready to spit some good-natured Midwestern venom at anyone who crosses her tonight. Wrapping it up in VIP will be fashion designer and Rob Dyrdek’s cousin, Drama. After some surprisingly intense detective work and a misunderstanding involving a rapper who made a bomb threat to a reality star, we determined that
Kicking off the festivities for the evening is a duel debut for newbies Lauren Bancroft and India Pearl. Sounds like an actress from the twenties and the name of her last film before the talkies came along and ruined Hollywood. Both of these gals actually are actresses with headshots and IMDb pages and everything, so that for sure translates to +200FP (funny points). Lauren even has an entire Tumblr page dedicated to documenting her path from complete unknown to star of Saturday Night Live. (You can hate-read it here.) Holy shit, right?
For our second set of undercards we’ve got another debut with NY transplant Jonathan Morvay facing off against the Lexington Open Mic’s own Aston Wallace. Both of these guys have been around a while and run cool shows, so add experience to the fact that “black dude vs. white dude” fights usually get the audience going real good, and we could be in for a treat.
Re-Orienting the night next will be a trans-Pacific punchout between Asian sensations Alex Duong and Esther Ku. Esther debuts in the Roast Battle ring as an accomplished, professional touring standup comedian, but on this show Alex has experience on his side as one of the show’s most prolific opponents. Roast Battle has shown in the past that experience in the ring can trump decades of comedy chops, but at the same time there are no certainties an this game.
Closing out our undercards is a pretty perfectly matched clash between Mark Stevens and Michael Schirtzer. Both battlers have records that started out strong before both suffered the sting of defeat, Michael at the hands of Richie Gaines and Mark at the hands of literally everyone he’s fought since beating Ashton Swinford like a year ago. Don’t sleep on either of these two, though. Every great battler hits a slump at some point and tonight’s fight will show them both trying to break out against each other in what could be a real bloodbath.
For our final match of the evening we’ve got a potential all-timer between Jay Light and Pat Barker. Both smart picks for a season 3 TV champ, Pat and Jay are easily two of our best. Sharing similar writing styles and techniques, it’s a surprise we haven’t seen this matchup before. The most fascinating part of watching two veteran roasters at the top of the game compete is that the jokes still just don’t run out. Each battler has his own fresh take on an opponent no matter how many times they’ve been in the ring against before. With all the makings of a historic fight night, the Belly Room may be set to burn.
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