The upcoming Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe promises to bring some major laughs at Lowe's expense when it airs on Labor Day, but it turns out that he wasn't the only one being mocked at the filming. Peyton Manning ended up as the butt of a couple of jokes that were too racy to actually be used. Considering the content of past Comedy Central Roasts and even the zingers that have already leaked from the Rob Lowe special, they had to be pretty wild to be cut. Roast master David Spade revealed what we won't see on Comedy Central:
Peyton Manning has such a big head and no brain that he's an inspiration to Zika babies everywhere.
Well, it's no mystery why a Zika joke didn't make the cut. Most current events are fair game for comedy mockery, but Zika probably won't exactly be ready for the stand-up circuit any time soon. The Zika virus affects babies whose mothers were exposed while pregnant. The infants can end up with a condition called microcephaly, which results in a baby born with a very small head or a head that stops growing after birth. The possibility of contracting the Zika virus has been enough to scare travelers everywhere and even discourage athletes and reporters from attending the Olympics in Brazil.
Basically, the Zika joke might be a bit too edgy for everybody to laugh at this point. It's a joke that might entertain some of us, but we also might feel guilty for laughing and hope that nobody saw us crack up. Microcephaly just isn't the funniest thing in the world.
David Spade shared another Peyton Manning joke with TMZ that won't be featured in the roast. This time, both Peyton Manning and his brother Eli were the targets. Here's the second joke that was cut:
Peyton and Eli are a lot like the Menendez brothers except they both hit their targets.
I'll admit it right now: I laughed at this one. I'm not proud, but I laughed. Enough time has passed since the Menendez brothers were convicted in 1990 of murdering their parents that it doesn't feel as edgy to me as the Zika joke. Besides, jokes about the Manning brothers' football careers are always funny. They may be some of the most successful 21st century professional athletes, but they're also super easy to make fun of considering how often things went wrong for them at times. Still, I can see why the comparison of the Manning brothers to the Menendez brothers might be too racy to be approved for the Comedy Central Roast. Murder isn't any funnier than microcephaly.
Luckily, not all the jokes about Peyton Manning have been cut from the Rob Lowe roast. Check out a sneak peek of comedian Pete Davidson taking a couple of shots at Manning: