The Lineup For Rob Lowe's Comedy Central Roast Is Incredibly Strange

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Rob Lowe is the latest celebrity who has signed on to be roasted courtesy of Comedy Central. Compared to some of the other celebrities who have starred in a Comedy Central Roast, Lowe doesn't seem to have an especially roast-worthy past. Sure, he's had a scandal or two over the years, but he's no Charlie Sheen or Justin Bieber when it comes to public outlandishness. Comedy Central has now confirmed the lineup of folks who will be heckling him at his roast, and it's super weird. Check it out:

Jimmy CarrAnn CoulterPete DavidsonNikki GlaserJewelRalph MacchioPeyton ManningRob RiggleJeff RossDavid Spade

Comedy Central posted the lineup on its Twitter page, and it's not exactly filled with who we might expect to turn up for a Rob Lowe roast. At the very least, somebody from his West Wing or Parks and Rec days would have made sense. Most of the people on the list of roasters don't seem to have any connection with Lowe at all. Jimmy Carr, Pete Davidson, Nikki Glaser, Rob Riggle, and Jeff Ross are all comedians, but they don't look like they have a common history with Rob Lowe.

David Spade will be the the official Roast master, and he does have a connection to Rob Lowe. Lowe appeared in Spade's classic 1995 comedy Tommy Boy, and the two have evidently become friends in the years since. David Spade could be the perfect person to host the Roast; he has a past with the roastee and he's just plain hilarious.

Ralph Macchio, Jewel, and Peyton Manning have less direct connections to Rob Lowe today. Macchio did star alongside Lowe in the 1983 film The Outsiders, and there should be some entertaining material to mine from '80s Rob Lowe. Given that Lowe's character's name was Sodapop, Macchio may be able to get some easy chuckles by mentioning that.

For her part, Jewel acted alongside Lowe in the failed 2003 NBC drama The Lyon's Den. She was a guest star in one of the thirteen episodes, and she shared a kiss with Lowe. It's not much of a connection, but it's there. Few people remember Lyon's Den; Jewel evidently is one of those who does.

Peyton Manning's link to Rob Lowe is a big stretch. In 2012, Lowe started tweeting about Manning's retirement from the NFL. Manning was not retiring from the NFL, and Rob Lowe seemed to be the only person who thought that he was. Lowe claimed that he heard the retirement news from his "people," but it came as news to everyone from Manning's agent to his father. Although it was the talk of Twitter for a couple of days, the buzz died down pretty quickly. Who knows? Maybe Manning will be able to milk that Twitter mishap for some laughs.

As for Ann Coulter...well, maybe she just likes roasts and doesn't care too much about who she's roasting. We'll have to wait and see what she manages at the event. Luckily, we won't have to wait too much longer. The Comedy Central Roast of Robe Lowe airs on Labor Day. Tune in to Comedy Central on September 5 at 10 p.m. ET to see what this strange lineup has to say to Rob Lowe, and take a look at our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else you'll be able to watch in the near future.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.