Wayne Brady Roasts Roseanne...And Trig Palin. How Far Is Too Far?

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On Comedy Central's recent Roast of Roseanne, funnyman Wayne Brady took a jab at fellow roaster Jeff Ross saying "...a lot of people hate you, especially Sarah Palin because you remind her of what Trig is going to look like when he's 40." 

Comedy Central's notorious Roast series isn't exactly known for it's social sensitivity but for many in the audience who audibly booed Brady's quip, the seasoned improv star took Roast's no-holds-barred approach to humor one step to far. Breitbart TV reports:

[The Joke] was greeted with a mixture of laughs and boos from the highly-partisan crowd leading Brady to say, “Oh, now you boo me? F—k y’all. I don’t want to hear that. These people say all of this s—t about me, and you boo me because of Trig.”

BlogHer member Laura Sauer isn't loving the crack either -- 

As the mother to a son with cerebral palsy and the niece to an uncle with Down Syndrome, I'm pained by this remark.

But just as I am pained, I am also left wondering what territory is OK for comedians to tackle and what is not...Wayne Brady’s wasn’t the only offensive comment of the night.

How about Roseanne’s joke about Anthony Jeselnik?: “You know the difference between Anthony and a gay porn actor? Well, judging by your looks and how much you sucked tonight, none.”

Or Amy Schumer’s joke about Carrie Fisher?: “Carrie, you’ve cut more lines than a crippled kid at Disney Land.”

Or even Jane Lynch’s joke about Roseanne?: “I really don’t know a lot about Roseanne’s current boyfriend. Well, I do know one thing: He’s into fat chicks.”

And let’s not forget that Jeff Ross was dressed as Joe Paterno and that the comedians onstage made countless jokes about diddling little boys.

I can't help but think of Jason Alexander's words when he recently found himself apologizing for recycling an ill-advised bit on The Late Late Show --

"In comedy, timing is everything. And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights – the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come."

What do you think? Is there a line in comedy, should there be one, and where do we draw it?


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