Roast Battle is the ultimate “you had to be there” experience, and fortunately New Yorkers will get the chance Saturday November 8th thanks to the New York Comedy Festival. It’s what you’d get if you combined 8 Mile style rap battles with a Comedy Central Roast and held it at a circus. Roast Battle is the brainchild of comedians Rell Battle and Brian Moses, who took a couple of comedians trading barbs at a late night open mic and turned it into a standing room only weekly event in The Comedy Store’s Belly Room.
It’s what you’d get if you combined 8 Mile style rap battles with a Comedy Central Roast and held it at a circus.
The NYCF edition is upping the ante, with multiple killer matchups including Bonnie McFarlane, Mike Lawrence, Ari Shaffir and Big Jay Oakerson, with Dave Attell and Gilbert Gottfried adding color commentary.
In honor of this dream lineup, we talked to creators Rell & Brian to find out what their ultimate Roast Battles of all time would be.
Malcolm X v Bull Connor or David Duke. Both guys agreed they’d like to see Malcom X go up against a heavyweight racist, like Bull Connor (the man who started the classy “fire hoses and attack dogs” trend) or David Duke. But “it would probably end in a stalemate because there’s enough racists on both sides.”
Susan B Anthony v Jenna Jameson. Hit another great social issue – gender equality.
Roosevelt v Roosevelt: Teddy v FDR. Just for fun.
Dave Matthews vs John Mayer.
Biggie v Tupac. “Since in the Roast Battle there’s no real violence, so they’d have to rap it out and then shoot each other in the parking”
Buddy Hackett v Jeff Ross
Charlie Chaplin v Harpo Marx. The silent roast battle.
Dave Attell vs anybody.
Roast Battle in New York takes place this Saturday Night at 10:00 at the Gramercy Theater. Tickets are $42 but you won’t want to miss this. It will be epic and we will be there to cover it. Get tickets here.