The First German Comedy Central Roast Battle

People keep asking me “what is it that you like about Roasts”? I always answer “imagine you are with your best friends and they all insult you.” What’s not to love about that? They know you, they love you and they know how to cross your line. Well, and strangers watch. For the audience it does sometimes just look like bullying. So I get it why it takes a certain meanie to enjoy Roasts. And a certain experience to write and perform a good Roast.

My favorite day last year was when we met up with five comedians, one had to sit in the middle and got roasted by the others. We did that for an entire day. I had muscle ache from laughing. They insulted me with my looks, my career, my relationships. It was pure joy. To me, this negativity is hilarious, truthful and cleansing.

Of course, a TV show cannot fully get across on screen what we feel live. But, I’m proud I was part of the first German Comedy Central Roast Battle. It was fun, it looks amazing and I’m roasting my comedy pal Stefan Danziger. And I already got some hate mail for it, yay. The episodes air every Saturdays at 10 pm and are then on youtube. Next live Roast is May 31st at Quatsch Comedy Club Berlin. Also, Ben Schmid gave a detailed interview to watson.de about our high brow entertainment. Here are some show impressions:

 

My try to give Roast Battles an intellectual touch
The Roast Battle at Quatsch Comedy Club Berlin (c) Comedy Central Germany
Stefan Danziger vs Ingrid Wenzel (c) Comedy Central Germany

And here two photos from my first Roast in some Berlin dive bar with no mic in front of 30 people back in 2017 when we were just kids:

Roast master Alex Upatov and me (c) Christopher Stein
Ivan Thieme roasting me (c) Christopher Stein

 

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