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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/16/2010

David Hasselhoff: How to roast an alcoholic with a few simple jokes

By Jen Chaney

David Hasselhoff -- former "Baywatch" star, German pop cultural phenomenon, sadly public alcoholic and amazingly good sport -- got roasted in a Comedy Central special taped earlier this month that aired Sunday night.

Yes, Hasselhoff's talent was the subject of much mockery. For example, I rather liked Whitney Cummings's pot shot: "I actually tried to buy one of your songs on, and it said, 'Users who bought this item also bought a shotgun.'"

(Note: It goes without saying that the language in these videos is NSFW, so much so that the mere presence of the embed code is probably sending an alert to your HR department as we speak.)

But the Hoff's battle with alcoholism provided fodder for, perhaps, some of the evening's most vicious humor. "How do you put someone down when they are already laying shirtless on the floor?" asked official roast host Seth MacFarlane, in a nod to the infamous drunken cheeseburger video. Easy. By telling jokes like these.

From "Baywatch" co-star Pamela Anderson: "David took his role on 'Baywatch' very seriously. You know, one time I actually saw him rescue a real person who was drowning. David rescued the man, pulled him ashore, gave him mouth-to-mouth ... and, of course, the man immediately died of alcohol poisoning."

The Roast of David HasselhoffSunday 10pm / 9c
Pam Anderson - Memories of Baywatch
Roast of David HasselhoffIt's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaRussell Simmons Presents Stand-Up Comedy

From MacFarlane: "You've gone from 'Baywatch' to death watch."

The Roast of David HasselhoffSunday 10pm / 9c
Seth MacFarlane - Baywatch Memories
Roast of David HasselhoffIt's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaRussell Simmons Presents Stand-Up Comedy

From Jeffrey Ross: "The Hoff once blew into a breathalyzer, and the breathalyzer went: 'Whoa, whoa. One at a time, people.'"

The Roast of David HasselhoffSunday 10pm / 9c
Jeff Ross - Hoff's Breathalyzer Test
Roast of David HasselhoffIt's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaRussell Simmons Presents Stand-Up Comedy

From Lisa Lampanelli:
"I don't want to say David drank a lot, but his liver was so black and bloated, it could have starred in 'Precious.'"

And another gem from Ross, about Hasselhoff's role in "Knight Rider," also found in the video above:
"What a lucky break. What are the odds that an alcoholic gets cast in a show about a car that drives itself?"

Hasselhoff, to his credit, took it all in stride. But did some of the roasters push the alcoholism comedy a little too far? Or is that exactly the point of a roast like this one: to hit the buttons most people are afraid to push?

By Jen Chaney  | August 16, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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Some of the comments on Hulk's daughter etc. was in poor taste. Also, I feel these "comedians" who trot out for all Comedy Central roasts (think Lamponelli, Ross, Giraldo etc), think that their use of bad language convincingly makes up for the absence of humor. It doesn't.

Posted by: MDey | August 16, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

whatevs, Jen.

Doubting Mel Gibson would have been as good a sport. Tho in a pinch, Mel can actually act. Or at least paint himself blue and run naked down a hill.

Posted by: reddragon1 | August 16, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Comedy roasts in recent years have evolved (or resorted) to being the most extreme, cruel thing with a punchline that anyone can say, which can turn out hilarious. My only gripe here was Cummings' shot at Hogan's daughter, but even he took it okay. Lampanelli is the best sport at these shows, as she laughs loudly at the shots against her.

Posted by: benjaminsumner | August 16, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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