High Wire Hilarity: The Roast

Books & Bars and Uptown Kickball friends gathered to roast Dan for his 25th birthday. If you were (un)fortunate and ballsy enough to be on the dais, you were a sitting duck, too. Most of the best barbs were unleashed on fellow roasters like Jim, Eli, Patty, Jefe, Keith, Mike, and even our hostess/emcee HB. Because let’s face it, Dan is still one of the nicest guys we know. He wasn’t the easiest target.

Some of Dan’s top rips: born and raised in Edina, the lost semester at ASU, stalking Jess, importing girlfriend HB, Moobs (man boobs), his extreme height, huge ego, hair, tight shirts, mom jeans, excessive hugging, and general douchebaggery. Ok, so there are some rich areas to pinpoint.

We were still running a big risk of offending friends. I was initially hesitant to participate even though I love watching Comedy Central Roasts and old classics with Don Rickles. But you have to embrace what you fear and take a chance. I’m glad I did. HB, our dais, guest of honor, and friends in attendance pulled off a feat of high wire comedic magic. As far as I know, no one has suffered from it, yet. Mama’s jaw hurt from laughing so hard. (and she loved Mike’s comment about her being hot). Everyone I talked to had a blast. We party a lot for any excuse in this group, but this was different. High wire hilarity. In fact there is talk of a Gemini BD group roast. I think we all know what to expect and will handle it even better next time. Such as being prepared in the A/V department and the tone of the event.

Unfortunately, the only video clips I have are the first portions of Eli’s and mine. (Other than the rest of our sets and the first half of Keith’s you’re not missing anything really funny anyway. Oh, Snap! Is the roast still going on?) Did anyone else capture other parts they can share?

I liked Eli’s set the best overall. And it was a revelation because as Keith said, “He hadn’t made me laugh once in the year and a half I’d known him!” Eli knew Dan always dreamed of having an action figure of himself so he had a friend craft a Dan doll that was actually partially made from a douche. Keith’s “Omega Dog” theme was memorable but he ended up roasting himself the most, albeit hilariously. Hopefully he’ll get some dates from it soon. Mike played funny drunken answering machine messages he had saved from Dan’s lost semester at ASU. And the evening was heartfelt, too, with a great quote from Mike about friends being God’s way of making it up to us for our families.

Would you participate in a roast? Have you been roasted? Would you let yourself? Anyone interested in doing more of these with our friends here? I think the next person turning 30 should get roasted. (The people turning 40 are already feeling too sensitive.)

1st half of Eli’s/followed by 1st half of Jefe’s – 8 min TRT.
Not suitable for work or kids.


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