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First there was Charlie Sheen. Then there was Justin Bieber. Now, Comedy Central has tapped veteran actor Rob Lowe as its next network “roastee.”
The Viacom-owned network is set to tape the special in Los Angeles and air it later this year. There’s no word yet on a roastmaster, nor is there a sense of who will come forward to poke fun at the actor whose career began as a teen heartthrob in such movies as The Outsiders and St. Elmo’s Fire. In the decades since, he’s starred in such TV series as The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters, Parks & Recreation and, most recently, Fox’s short-lived comedy The Grinder.
“Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome. He needs to be roasted,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said Thursday in a statement, with Lowe adding: “What a thrill to once again be following in Justin Bieber’s footsteps. I look forward to a night of hilarious jokes recycled from the James Franco Roast. I would like to express my gratitude to the members of my family who have passed away and therefore will not have to endure what promises to be a very special evening.”
Though an unconventional choice, Lowe is famously willing to riff on the more entertaining chapters of his own past, as he has done in multiple books. His sobriety, sex tape and “ingenue” years are all topics he’s willingly addressed publicly, and all likely will come up during the roast. In fact, on a recent Hollywood Reporter comedy actor roundtable, it was Lowe who was most willing to dish on the more absurd chapters of his own past.
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