Roast Battle returns tonight to close out the 2018 Roast Battle Royale along with some undercards from a few fresh faces and tested veteran battlers alike. Topping it off are four of our most elite judges ever to spit fire from the VIP section. Let’s meet em!
Jason and Randy Sklar are long-seasoned adjudicators of comedy carnage having overseen dozens of Roast Battles at this point. Their résumés boast countless TV appearances, a Comedy Central half-hour, a recent Netflix special and a hilarious podcast – Sklarbro Country – to boot. They’ve got a beautiful blend of funny-mean that makes them perfect for the Belly Room dais. Mike Lawrence is hands down the cream of the crop in terms of both judging and battling, coming off a recent Comedy Central half hour taping and a new job on the writing staff of HBO’s “Crashing,” on which he also just appeared as himself in the Roast Battle episode. Finally, of course, who better to shepherd us through the final round of this year’s tournament then the Roastmaster General himself, Jeff Ross, just now returning from a weekend in Tahoe with Dave Attell.
First up in the undercards we’ll see the return of Scott Kidd, fresh off a dreaded double loss, locking horns with Timothy McGorry.
Tim and Scott together have a ton of battles under their belts, but more in the way Betsy DeVos is an experienced 60 Minutes interview subject. They’ve both at the same time had strong, albeit remarkably inconsistent, performances in clashes past and with the “Any Given Tuesday” potential that this show holds, we could always be in for a classic at any moment.
Next up Kyle Chrise takes on Jonathan David.
Jonathan has battled before in a solid debut against Jennifer Vally that earned him his first win, while Kyle is a newcomer to the Roast Battle ring, but nevertheless a seasoned standup with plenty of potential to pull a win here.
Following that, Billy Anderson returns from a strong first win to take on newcomer Sara June.
Billy had previous experience performing on the Pacific Northwest version of this show, “Roast Beef,” which served him well in his premiere battle, and he’ll be looking to pull a repeat here against Austin transplant Sara June who’s stepping into the ring for the first time tonight.
For our final undercard, we’ve got former tourney favorite Paige Wesley taking on rising roaster Sharon Houston.
After a long dominant streak, Paige Wesley has begun to slip in the rankings after a few consecutive losses including a bracket-busting surprise loss to Katrina Davis in the first round of this year’s tournament. She’ll be looking for a return to glory tonight against Sharon Houston who herself has been making a steady climb in status despite a few close losses. It’s a solid matchup with strong potential to steal the night.
Finally capping off the bloodfeast, we’ve got three scheduled rounds of main event mayhem between tournament finalists Jonathan Rowell and Bryan Vokey.
With a combined 7 consecutive wins between them earned by plowing through this year’s competition, these two have risen to top for a shot at the grand prize of $500. While anecdotally, Bryan Vokey appears to be pretty heavily favored, Jonathan Rowell has been nothing short of a Cinderella story along his tournament journey, and neither has previously participated in a full three round battle before, so there’s plenty of variables that make any reasonable prediction impossible. It’s an evening of full-fledged comedy combat set to kick off before only the very best of judges that the Belly Room has to offer. Let’s roast!
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