While we're speaking of obscure jokers who will say anything to get noticed, there's Anthony Jeselnik, who used to write jokes for Jimmy Fallon's NBC late-night show. "The only reason you got on TV in the first place is because God hates Michael J. Fox," Jeselnik sneered, since Sheen replaced Fox on ABC's "Spin City" after Fox's symptoms from Parkinson's disease grew too severe. Jeselnik also joked, "You've convinced more women to get abortions than the prenatal test for Down syndrome." There's a knee-slapper.
He was on a roll with dead-kid jokes. "You dropped out of school faster than Casey Anthony's kid." (For anyone who doesn't get that, Caylee Anthony was murdered at age two.) Jeselnik isn't tasteless just on TV. Check out what he put on his Twitter page on the tenth anniversary of 9/11: "Today is the 10th anniversary of my first 9/11 joke."
Comedy Central spared no one's taste to produce this shindig, adding to the panel of roasters former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. So when actress Kate Walsh joked that Sheen was the only one who pulls a knife on a woman already willing to have sex, Tyson, also a convicted rapist, yelled "I'll drink to that!" For his part, Tyson tried poetry: "This wife-beating cokehead who claims he's a rock star from Mars ... if he were black, he'd be behind bars."
William Shatner was also on hand, fresh from the failure of the CBS sitcom "$**! My Dad Said." Since the taboo of religion needed to be shredded, Shatner joked about Jesus: "So you're out of a job! Don't feel sad. I know another guy who was kind to whores and kept 12 losers around, and he got crucified by Jews, too! And people worship that guy."
At the end, Sheen arose to boast no one could hurt him: "I did porn stars. I did drugs. Then I did the one thing everybody in America wishes he could do. I told my boss to f*** off ... I'm done with 'the winning' because I've already won." Comedy Central didn't package this so you would pity Sheen. You were supposed to envy him. Magnifying and glorifying contemptuous misbehavior is the signature of a network that hasn't a clue about the art of comedy.