This past month was an historic one for competitive roasting on a few different fronts. First, and most notably, the third season of Roast Battle on Comedy Central wrapped with an incredible Jeff Ross vs. Blake Griffin war (if Ross wins another battle, he might find his way into the rankings! The sky is truly the limit for him in the roasting world). Secondly, we handed out our fourth edition of the Roastie Awards – check out the recap here to read about Nicole Becannon beating the shit out of everyone. And finally, our sister show in New York, Roastmasters, closed its doors for good. RIP Roastmasters, we hardly knew ye. Luckily, there will be another roasting show rising from the ashes in the Big Apple to take over the Roastmasters spot at the new Stand location when it opens up. Comedy Fight Club, which has existed for a while now, will step up onto the main stage and act as the preeminent roast battle show in New York. Led by Matt Maran, the show will take over the old Roastmasters spot on GAS Digital. Here at the Roast Report, we’ve decided to continue to publish the New York rankings. You’ll notice that there are quite a few new names and faces this month as battlers who have fought exclusively at Comedy Fight Club are mixed with old Roastmasters favorites to form a superteam of ranked fighters. Let’s just jump right into it.

Los Angeles Top Ten

1. Toby Muresianu 13-4-1
2. Nicole Becannon 11-5
3. Alex Duong 14-7
4. Pat Barker 16-8-2
5. Doug Fager 11-6-1
6. Leah Kayajanian 13-9-1
7. Omid Singh 18-8
8. Jamar Neighbors 7-6
9. Joe Eurell 12-10-2
10. Keith Carey 17-18

After an agonizing couple of months without the title, Toby Muresianu won the belt back from Jamar Neighbors via a perfect combination of expertly written jokes and Neighbors kinda sorta not giving a fuck. Either way, Muresianu begins his second title reign as we wait with baited breath to see who his next challenger will be. It won’t be Nicole Becannon, as we are only a few months removed from their battle, but her win over Joe Eurell in a wildly popular Comedy Central Digital Exclusive keeps her in the #2 spot. The title shot could very well go to Alex Duong, who continued a really impressive recent run with two wins in two days as Roast Battle rolled through Tulsa, Oklahoma over the weekend. With other road shows on the horizon, the official committee ruling is that the road fights will count towards records but won’t impact rankings – that being said, Duong had put himself in the title conversation long before he ever boarded the plane to Tulsa.

Pat Barker jumps up to number four with his non-title win over former (again, RIP Roastmasters) unified roasting champion Eli Sairs on Comedy Central Digital, while Leah Kayajanian moves up to number six following a fantastic fight and win over good friend Jeff Sewing. For the record, Kayajanian also belongs in that title conversation – after a year where she was nominated for Battler of the Year she’s continued her hot streak with the Sewing win and a victory over Barker in Oklahoma. Her only loss in the last year-plus was to Duong, which could be the deciding factor. Neighbors drops to eight with his losses to Muresianu and Yamaneika Saunders, Joe Eurell falls to nine after losing his fight with Nicole Becannon, and Keith Carey moves up ever-so-slightly and back into the top ten after winning a naked roast battle over Connor McSpadden and losing a clothed one to New York’s Joel Walkowski. Speaking of New York…

New York Top Ten

1. Drew Devyanko
2. Dan Wickes
3. Sean Finnerty
4. Yoshiko Watson
5. Paul Hooper
6. Chris Crespo
7. Maddy Smith
8. JP McDade
9. Chloe McGovern
10. David Spector

As we start with New York, let’s jump right into two obvious things – one, you’ll notice that Comedy Fight Club doesn’t keep records. Two, if you’re a hardcore reader of these rankings, you probably recognize, like, seven of these names. Let’s start with one that we don’t know – the CFC Champion, Drew Devyanko. With Roastmasters going under, the unified belt is no longer a thing and Eli Sairs quietly steps away for the time being (CFC head Matt Maran says that this list only includes people who plan on fighting every three months). Without the familiar face in Sairs at the top of the list, the new face of New York roasting will apparently be Devyanko, who I admittedly know nothing about. Fortunately, Maran provided us with a lot of information on his battlers, and says that Devyanko endured a 32-person tournament and CFC XVI, and then challenged and defeated David Spector back in July. Holy shit. 32 people is a lot. That’s the kind of tournament you can surely only do once a year, right?

Nope. Next up on the list is Dan Wickes (who Roast Battle fans might remember from his victory over LA staple Quentin Thomas in the Belly Room a few months ago), who won ANOTHER 32-person tournament at CFC XVII and will challenge Devyanko for the title this coming Sunday for their three-year anniversary show. Sean Finnerty (another New Yorker who recently beat an LA guy on their home turf when he defeated rookie of the year Brian McDaniel) slots in at the number three spot, and will be facing #4 Yoshiko Watson in a #1 contenders match this Sunday. Finnerty has unsuccessfully challenged for the CFC title twice, but has a proven track record in New York City. I’m not familiar with Yoshiko Watson’s work (all I know is she has a name that the computer generates when you do a career mode in a sports video game, and they have to make new players, and they just pick a random-ass Japanese first name and put it with a random-ass white last name), but according to the info I got she is a former CFC champion who lost the belt in May and has been killing people ever since. If she wins the #1 contenders match and then takes the belt, she’d be the first-ever two-time CFC champion.

We round out the top ten with a bunch of familiar faces – Paul Hooper (5), Chris Crespo (6), and JP McDade (8) were three of Eli Sairs’ most recent challengers for the unified title, while Maddy Smith (7) and Chloe McGovern (9) were considered to be future top contenders for that belt. The top ten is rounded out with David Spector, the man who originally defeated Watson for the belt on May 20 of this year before losing it to Devyanko on July 1 (these notes are wonderfully thorough).

Los Angeles 11-20

11. Bryan Vokey 9-3
12. Jeanne Whitney 8-2
13. Sarah Keller 8-2-2
14. Quentin Thomas 8-4
15. Dan Nolan 12-12
16. Mike Schmidt 6-2
17. Alex Hooper 13-9
18. Isaac Hirsch 7-2
19. Rena Hundert 7-2
20. Jeff Sewing 6-4-2

After having to write all that stuff in the New York Top Ten, this is a welcome reprieve. Isaac Hirsch vaults into the Top 20 for the first time following a dominant win over Lou Misiano, and Jeff Sewing falls to 20 after losing to Leah Kayajanian. Boom, done. Back to the introductory novel on Comedy Fight Club.

New York 11-20

11. Jerry Martinez
12. Patrick Schroeder
13. Anthony Passaretti
14. Jessica Fleischer
15. Mikey Mayes
16. Catherine Zini
17. Mia Faith Hammond
18. Jill Weiner
19. Dan Abraham
20. KP Burke

Jerry Martinez won the tournament at CFC XIII and subsequently took home the belt on December 17, 2017 before losing it to Yoshiko Watson on March 18, 2018. He’s followed by Patrick Schroeder, a Roastmasters legend and one of only two humans to beat Eli Sairs in a Roast Battle (both Philadelphians – the city of champions). Anthony Passaretti won the CFC title on May 21, 2017 and successfully defended it three times before losing to James Pontillo that October. The remainder of this bracket is full of solid mid-tier Roastmasters competitors and a couple of new faces – Jessica Fleischer lost in the finals of the tournament at CFC XIV and Dan Abraham lost in the finals of the CFC XVII tourney against Dan Wickes.

Los Angeles 21-30

21. Jay Light 14-15-1
22. Jacob Trimmer 7-4-1
23. Brett Erickson 6-0
24. Galina Rivina 7-4
25. Evan Cassidy 6-4
26. Ramsey Badawi 5-3
27. John-Michael Bond 8-4
28. Stuart Thompson 6-6
29. Caesar Lizardo 9-6
30. Jonathan Rowell 5-5-1

Jacob Trimmer moves up five spots following a draw with Armando Torres in an instantly legendary fight that is the early front-runner for Five Round Battle Of The Year in next year’s Roastie Awards. Although the battle was declared a “double win” by the judges, the committee remains consistent in their decision to never award a double win. Still, we also reserve the right to move someone up for a draw in these kinds of extreme circumstances. John-Michael Bond moves up to 27 following his win over Brian McDaniel, while long-time battle veteran Stuart Thompson returns to the ranks following a long period of inactivity (his return fight, a loss to Jono Zalay, moves him down from the 23 spot he occupied before he fell out).

New York 21-30

21. Pauline Murphy
22. Jake Vevera
23. Pedro Gonzalez
24. Andrew Manning
25. Abby Rosenquist
26. Leo Volf
27. Rob Ryan
28. Isabel Hagen
29. Katie Boyle
30. Dan Pulzello

Comedy Fight Club sent over two notes with this bracket of battlers – first off, Jake Vevera is a former champion and will be main eventing against Chris Crespo on September 2 (you’re reading this on September 4 – we still have to work out some bugs as to integrating the CFC rankings into the report here). Secondly, Dan Pulzello has made back-to-back Final Four appearances in the last two tournaments. If my math is correct, that means he’s gone 8-2 in the last two months and he’s almost unranked, which just shows how difficult it is to grab a spot in the NYC Top 30.

Los Angeles 31-50

31. Zach Stein 9-6
32. Armando Torres 4-2-1
33. Tony Bartolone 7-8
34. Katrina Davis 5-3
35. Valerie Tosi 4-2
36. Dylan Sullivan 3-0
37. Logan Guntzelman 3-1
38. Rachel Mac 3-2-1
39. Robin Tran 3-7-1
40. Ashley Johnson 4-1

Zach Stein, who shocked the world with a really impressive 7-2 year and a Battler of the Year Roastie nomination, has gotten off to a rough start this season with losses to Movses Shakarian and now previously unranked Tim McGorry. Armando Torres jumps up four spots after his epic draw with Jacob Trimmer, while Dylan Sullivan’s win over Shakarian continues a very impressive start to his battling career and moves him up to 36.

41. Brian McDaniel 5-3
42. Greg Roque 5-3
43. April Lotshaw 4-3
44. Paige Wesley 6-8
45. Micah Bleich 3-0
46. Tim McGorry 4-3
47. Billy Anderson 3-0
48. Kelsey Lane 5-5
49. Movses Shakarian 5-5
50. Heather Marulli 6-6

As always, the final bracket is a mixture of established veterans (including, somehow, a guy who just won Rookie of the Year) and a couple new fighters with shiny 3-0 records. Brian McDaniel falls to 41 after his loss to John-Michael Bond, while Tim McGorry makes his rankings debut with his win over Zach Stein. Kelsey Lane evened her record out at 5-5 with a win over Mia Mars and jumps back into the rankings at 48, one spot ahead of Movses Shakarian following his loss to Dylan Sullivan.

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