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The Situation nearly booed off stage at Comedy Central's Donald Trump roast

Sitch Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino likes to talk about avoiding grenades, but on Thursday night he dropped a whole lot of 'em at Comedy Central's roast in Manhattan, where he joined Snoop Dogg, Whitney Cummings, Larry King and others to skewer Donald Trump.

After being introduced by the night's host, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane (who warned the crowd to keep watch on the "Jersey Shore" star "in case Donkey Kong throws a barrel at him"), the Situation went up to the microphone, wearing aviator sunglasses, and proceeded to bomb all over the place. His jokes were so bad that one Comedy Central exec suggested that most of his act might be cut from the final broadcast of the roast, which airs March 15.

"The Sitch," as he's called, deadpanned to Cummings, "I actually wouldn't call you a grenade because you won't be blowing up anytime soon." (Buh-dum-bum!) He told Snoop Dogg that he and Trump had a lot in common because Trump owned a lot of property and Snoop's ancestors were property. (Snoop did not appear amused.) Before long, the audience began to boo so loudly that comedian Jeffrey Ross, who's been at this so long he's known as the Roastmaster General, had to interject into the act to try to save the Situation, who'd already claimed he shared one quality with Ross: "This is my first night doing comedy."

"It's also your last," Ross responded, to overwhelming applause.

Still, the crowd must have been glad that the Situation showed up, because he provided plenty of amusement for the other roasters. MacFarlane joked that "the Sitch" and Snooki made a good couple because "Italians are known for grinding organs with monkeys." Snoop pretended to mistake the Situation for Snooki, "I'm sorry," he said, "all white people who act black look the same to me." The deaf actress Marlee Matlin, a surprise roaster who's currently on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice," even got in a swipe at the Great Bronzed One. "Like the Situation," she said in American Sign Language, "I too have never heard the sound of laughter."

But of course, some of the best lines were reserved for The Donald and that other "situation" -- the one on top of his head. MacFarlane: "You look like you fell head-first into a cotton candy machine." Cummings: "You look like Justin Bieber caught on fire." "You know who you need to fire? Your hairdresser ... and your face." Trump was a good sport through it all, even saying of his famous mop: "It's my trademark, and it's only bitten me once in my entire life." Though he couldn't resist punctuating that remark by shaking his head with a "who writes this stuff?" expression.

Backstage after the show, he was even more gracious -- or maybe it was just ego. Asked about the Situation's performance, he said, "I thought he was great. He came from a great distance to be here. And he did it just for me."

As for the Situation, he didn't seem fazed. "Maybe if I hadn't gone on with the sunglasses, there wouldn't have been such a negative [vibe]," he mused, adding that Snoop told him to wear the Aviators so that no one could tell he was looking at the teleprompter. "Maybe they thought I was too cool, but that wasn't the case. I was just wearin' them 'cause Snoop said to wear 'em."

Calling the jokes "a collaboration between me and the writers," his dismissed the idea that the crowd was too hard on him. "No, not at all," he said, still wearing his sunglasses. "My whole career people have been hard on me, so, y'know. I stood in the pocket where a lot of people would crumble, a lot of people would walk off stage, but I stood in there. I delivered."




-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino at Comedy Central's roast of Donald Trump. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (30)

I'm not a big fan of the situation, but it's the writers who bombed. The non-comedians don't write their own stuff, the writers do. And they sucked! Those jokes were so bad, I thought the writers deliberatley tried to sabotoge his act.

He did stand there
and deliver.

yup. it was really bad.

and I really hate to do it, but I've got to give him some props.

as much as his very existence aggravates me,

he tried.

How many snobs are going to point out phase VS faze? Once is enough. Read the comments before you try to make yourself look good online.

While watching the situation trying, really trying very hard last night and failing miserably because he is a no talent hack...I thought of Greg Giraldo and how I miss his comedy so. If Greg was still alive I'm sure it would have been him up there instead of this chump.

I watched last night, and to tell you "The Situation" has no clue, does not have the timing needed to deliver a joke.
Trump did it all just for the money! which he will be donating to his favorite charity." Hair Club of Men."

It's phaze not fashe

as if he wrote those joke..... PLEASE!!!! That poor guy said nothing anymore tasteless than anybody else.... A few were really bad... BUT he is getting a raw deal just because people would not give him a chance..... Had Gilbert Godfreid did this bit while yelling..... EVERYBODY would have thought it was BRILLIANT.....
ONE article said... slavery jokes are NEVER funny..... That is news to me.. as EVERY OTHER roast I have heard far worse slavery jokes.....
at this roast.... others even told slavery jokes, and got laughs.....
ALL of these comedians are tasteless... that is why I watch these roasts.....
So, to pick on this guy is just cheap in my opinion......

Why was even there to begin with????
We all know he is an idiot and does stupid crap every moment of his life, but isnt that what you all watch the show to begin with? ITs not funny, its sad. So just go pick on some handicapped guy at the grocery store and save our AMERICAN CULTURE a lot of future embarrassment.

he was right about Snoop you all cant handle the truth or what?

Jeez, people who think Jersey Shore and its cast "are not famous" are simply either old or just do not pay attention to things like ratings, number of loyal fans/audience, etc. "Snookie" is actually participating in Wrestlemania in two weeks. Other celebs that did this: Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Pete Rose, and DONAL TRUMP was even involved in WWE for a few weeks, though not Wrestlemania, but still I think my point has been made. James Franco, Bob Barker, and many other A-List celebs and athletes have hosted Monday Night Raw, WWE's flagship weekly television show. Sitch is very popular and deserves to not be disrespected like others leaving comments seem to enjoy doing.

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