6 Shocking Moments From the Rob Lowe Roast: Jewel Plays Guitar and Ann Coulter Gets It the Worst!
By Alex Ungerman
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The Roast is a brutal dais, even if you're a beloved and beautiful actor like Rob Lowe.
Comedy Central aired its annual insult comedy event on Monday night, bringing out a bevy of stars including Jewel, Peyton Manning, SNL's Pete Davidson, and Roastmaster David Spade to knock the 52-year-old West Wing star down a peg with gleeful abandon.
It goes without saying that the Roast is not for the faint of heart, and this year's event proved that true and them some.
The tone for the night was set when in Lowe's introduction video, a short clip of his infamous 1988 sex tape was shown.
The roasters pummeled the actor for the embarrassing incident throughout the night, including Spade, who joked, "Rob came up at a time when a sex tape could really ruin your career. But Rob had to do it the hard way -- with his acting."
That was far from the worst of it, so it's hardly a surprise that the sober actor concluded the night by downing a fake bottle of Jack Daniels.
2. This was basically the roast of Ann Coulter.
Sometimes a roaster gets more attention than the roastee, and that was certainly true of the conservative commentator, who said she only appeared on the dais to promote her newest book.
"Ann Coulter has written 11 books," comedian Nikki Glazer quipped. "12 if you count Mein Kampf."
Even Jewel remarked, "As a feminist, I can't support everything that's been said tonight, but as someone who hates Ann Coulter, I'm delighted."
Oh, by the way...
3. Jewel killed it and played guitar.
The Pieces Of You singer graciously smiled on as jokes about her relevance were offered up, but when it came time for Jewel to speak, she played along -- literally, as she brought her guitar!
"Rob was shocked on the Lyon's Den when I did not want to kiss him," Jewel sang to the tune of her hit, "You Were Meant For Me." "You completely forgot we hooked up before."
Spade joked about the retired NFL pro's large forehead while introducing him, but Manning then got a standing ovation from the crowd before speaking.
The legendary quarterback got the roast host back, however, quipping -- in the key of his catchy Nationwide jingle, naturally -- "David Spade is dumb and short."
Manning even went after fellow quarterback Tom Brady's "Deflate-gate" scandal, joking to Lowe, "You tried to take the air out of my retirement announcement so fast, you can probably be Tom Brady's ball boy."
5. Pete Davidson got a lot of jokes about how his father died on 9/11... for better or worse.
OK, we know nothing is off limits at a roast, but this was tough!
Davidson gave a master class in catharsis when at last year's Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, the SNL actor brought up that his father had been killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
That opened the door for several references to the tragedy on this year's Roast stage. Davidson took it in stride, but the audience really didn't know how to feel about it.
We only got a cameo from Poehler during the intro, when she played the devil from whom Rob Lowe had made a deal with to get famous, but it was still nice to see our fellow Pawneeans back together again!
Hope you had a good time, Mr. Lowe!
This article was originally published on Aug. 28, 2016 at 11:20 am PDT.