March 14, 2011
My Tuesday evening was spent watching The Roast of Donald Trump on Comedy Central. I was one of 3.5 million to tune in to watch comedians and celebrities crack jokes at The Donald’s expense (awesome, right?). Overall, I really enjoyed it.
For those of you who didn’t watch, the roasters were Larry King, Seth MacFarlane, Marlee Matlin, Whitney Cummings, Anthony Jeselnik, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeff Ross, Snoop Dogg, and The Situation. Lisa Lampanelli brought the sass, Seth McFarlane came across like a funny millionaire, Larry King nailed it, Snoop Dogg was high and giggly and then there was The Situation …
I’m actually having trouble describing to you how terrible The Situation’s jokes were. To be honest, they weren’t even jokes! Jokes have to be funny to someone- anyone! And these were not. The minutes that The Situation was on the stage were the most awkward of my life, and I went through some pretty awkward teenage years.
The crowd actually turned on him and started booing about halfway through his set, which was generous. The crowd was so loud and hostile that seasoned comedian Jeff Ross actually came on stage to help The Situation, which did help, but The Situation wouldn’t take a hint and kept talking. If you’re looking for a good cringe-session, here’s part of The Situations first “and last” night of comedy:
|The Roast of Donald Trump|
|The Situation – Married for Love|
After the train wreck was over, I got to thinking about celebrity spokespeople and how cultural relevance alone is not good enough. My colleagues and I are currently in the process of establishing a relationship with a celebrity on behalf of a client and although relevance is a factor, it’s not (and never should be) the most important. A good spokesperson should embody the brand, connect with the target audience and really “walk the walk,” among other qualities.
Let’s take another look at The Situation’s appearance:
I’ll end on a quote from one of the better roasters of the night, Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin (who happens to be deaf): “I guess I am the perfect choice for this roast, because like The Situation, I too have never heard the sound of laughter.”
There’s an encore of The Roast of Donald Trump on Comedy Central this Friday at 9 p.m. CST.