TF: So about the Ron Jeremy Roast… Just between us, did you get to, you know, see it? Touch it?
TM: No, but if you watch his movies in HD it might take your eye out.
TF: I’ll take your word for it. So it’s a little late, but congrats! You and Rob Mailloux produced a very successful roast as part of the Dark Comedy Fest last November. There’s only one Jeffrey Ross, so we’ve gone ahead and dubbed you, Canada’s Roast Master Lieutenant General. Lazy on our part, but totally deserving on yours. So, along with your set, I understand you also wrote jokes for the celebrity roasters? Is there anything they didn’t use because it went too far?
TM: Nice. I like how you did that with the whole Too Far thing. I don’t think there was anything I wrote that got axed, though for whatever reason, Dustin Diamond and Ron Jeremy decided to do all their own material. Dustin’s a touring standup and is friends with Ron so I could see him wanting to do his own stuff but we had some strong writers working on the show like Josh Infald and Tom O’Donnell, it would have been to his benefit and the audience’s to use even some of what was offered. It would have been better overall.
TF: Wow! Them some fighting words! You sure you want to mess with Screech after his recent stabbing incident?
TM: The thing about Dustin is that everyone’s got a different opinion about the guy. His Saved by the Bell tell-all book and movie had just come out, so going into it, we weren’t sure if he was going to be a prick or not. But I have to say, I found him to be charming, classy and genuinely nice. He was thrilled to be part of the roast and got along great with everyone, so what happened in Milwaukee is unfortunate and I am convinced the public doesn’t know the whole story.
TF: Is there anything in a roast that’s off limits for you?
TM: The whole point of a roast is that it’s no-holds-barred. Though I guess I try to avoid ripping on people’s families, most people in comedy have enough daddy issues as it is.
TF: Past and present, who you liking these days?
TM: Always loved the Dice Man. Andrew Dice Clay was a rock star. These days it’s Bill Burr and a handful of Canadians, Steph Tolev, Ben Miner, Jarrett Campbell, and Rob Mailloux to name a few.
TF: You’ve also roasted the Iron Sheik, twice! I don’t know, to me it kinda looks like you’re training for something… or shall I say someone?
TF: Ha, Bieber. Yeah that would be a dream, like catching someone with their head down in hockey.
TF: From the looks of those Calvin Klein ads, he could be the next Ron Jeremy. Maybe if you ask nicely he’ll let you touch it.
TM: That’s one Maple Leaf Weiner I think might still be contaminated.
Tyler Morrison is a touring standup comic and director of the Cottage Country Comedy Festival in Muskoka, Ontario.
You can check out his DVD on iTunes and join the campaign to get him on Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber by inundating Twitter with #TylerForBiebsRoast and #BieberRoast