In 1976, the face-painted, leather-clad all-stars of anthem rock band, Kiss, set the world on fire with their album Destroyer, and like most prepubescent boys of that era, Roastmaster General Jeff Ross found no refuge from the flames.
While fate marked young Jeff’s early adulthood with illness and the deaths of his parent, he was still able to sit up in his room in his family’s New Jersey home, where the walls were lined with pictures of Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter, and dream of a life in which he reveled in their same theatrical glory and rock star lifestyle.
For Jeff, there were no other bands that could fill him with such hope and possibility, and that hope turned into reality as he actually managed to make good on those dreams, leading him to become the star of Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roasts and the host of the network’s hit show Roast Battle. Jeff’s ability to tear people to shreds while keeping them hysterically laughing has garnered him international renown, much like the blistering glam metal that has kept Kiss as a household name for decades.
00:15 – Intro
05:30 – Episode start
06:00 – Parties were plentiful in Jeff’s childhood home
07:45 – No one holds a candle to Kiss
12:45 – First mention of the album
14:30 – “Detroit Rock City” will make a 12-year-old boy’s balls drop
17:00 – Breaking out of New Jersey
19:45 – Jeff lost his virginity on Christmas while eating Chinese food & listening to Kiss
20:30 – Roastmaster General is a 24/7 job
22:45 – “Great Expectations” is not so subtly horny
25:45 – How to make a dick joke beautiful
29:00 – Is “Flaming Youth” about coming out as gay or breaking free from parental control?
34:30 – Normal people don’t want to be roasted
38:30 – The members of Kiss are just regular ass people
41:00 – The healing power of Rodney Dangerfield’s voice
43:30 – Beth!
48:00 – It’s (not so) lonely at the top
51:45 – Facts!
56:00 – Respect everything, worship nothing
1:00:00 – Unexpected hits
1:07:00 – Jeff’s perfect snap
1:12:15 – Josh got his set clipped
01:19:30 – Outro
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