Comedian Jeffrey Ross pretty much only gets work these days when Comedy Central does a roast, so he knows he has to make an impression on audiences in just a few minutes. He managed to get our attention during the network's roast of Roseanne Barr over the weekend, but it was for all the wrong reasons.
During his set, Ross directed a joke toward roaster Seth Green - and it was definitely "too soon" to break out that kind of joke.
"Congratulations. This is actually a really big night for you. You haven't gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora," he said to Green, referring to the shooting in Colorado that killed 13 moviegoers during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
"I'm kidding! You're not like James Holmes. At least he's doing something in a movie theater that people remember."
Even Barr thought it was distasteful - well, sorta.
"That crossed the line ... But comedy is about moving the line... And where is the line in a country that has freedom of speech? Maybe there isn't one," she said backstage.
Well, there is a line of decency, especially when families and friends are still mourning the loss of those killed. Try telling that to these comedians, though - they obviously didn't think before speaking.
Think Ross' joke was bad? Dane Cook galloped over the line way before Ross did: The comedian made a joke about the shooting just a few days after the massacre.
"So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie," Cook told an audience at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. "And I don't know if you've seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of crap -- yeah, spoiler alert. I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like 'ugh f***ing shoot me.'"
People quickly turned on Cook, leading him to apologize soon after.
"I made a bad judgment call with my material last night and regret making a joke at such a sensitive time," he tweeted, adding that he's devastated about the shooting.
What is it about the Laugh Factory? It seems to be the place for comedians to make ridiculous jokes. Daniel Tosh was performing at the club when he made a rape joke that seriously offended a woman in the audience.
"Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…" Tosh said after the girl objected to rape jokes. She wrote on her Tumblr blog after the show. It went viral, leading Tosh to apologize for his words.
"All the out of context misquotes aside, I'd like to sincerely apologize," Tosh tweeted afterward.
Tell us: Did these comedians cross the line with their jokes, or is anything fair game in comedy?
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