The Burn with Jeff Ross

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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TV roastmaster offers crude but clever humor.

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Positive Messages

Some commentary about today's culture. Many jokes about people with disabilities and/or from other countries that could be construed as bigoted and/or racist.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ross and his friends' humor -- which calls out people's specific foibles and makes fun of them -- isn't for everyone, but it's intended to be "all in good fun," and it's sometimes offered as a way of paying homage to other comedians.

Violence

Humorous references to violent acts (like beating people up), but nothing is really visible. Child molestation is used as a source of humor.

Sex

Strong sexual references/innuendo, including crude references to sex acts, genitals, and conversations about sex toys. Teen pregnancy and other issues are also sources of humor. Occasional images featuring blurred nudity.

Language

Words like "ass," "bitch," "d--k," and "t-ts" are audible. Curses like "s--t," "f--k," and "c--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Products like Drakes Coffee Cake, and the book 50 Shades of Grey are just some of the endless things referenced, if not seen/shown. Family-friendly TV shows like Abby and Brittany and Sesame Street are often the subject of crude jokes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Burn with Jeff Ross is a comedy show with lots of strong language (the strongest words are bleeped, but some -- like "d--k," "ass," and "bitch" aren't). and crude sexual references. The host's style of humor relies on making fun of other people for laughs and sometimes incorporates strong stereotypical comments, too. While the humor offers some social commentary, chances are that young and/or less mature viewers won't be able to extract this from what's being offered here.

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What's the story?

In THE BURN WITH JEFF ROSS, comedian Jeff Ross humorously "roasts" celebrities, politicians, and anybody else he deems worth of making fun of. Each episode features Ross and guest comedians like Gilbert Gottfried and Sarah Silverman sharing their thoughts about daily events, notable people, and interesting news stories. Show segments also feature Ross going out on the streets to humorously spar with people -- including members of the paparazzi -- and throwing one-on-one zingers around with celebs who are willing to joke around with him.

Is it any good?

The Burn relies on roast-style comedy -- i.e. jokes that subject people, places, and things to lots of pointed comedic insults. While it's not designed to be taken too seriously, the fast-paced humor also reflects some of the current conversations in today's political and popular culture.

Ross' comedy style, which incorporates strong language, crude sexual references, and some rather stereotypical (bordering on bigoted) comments, isn't for everyone. But beneath it all is some clever, well-timed humor that occasionally offers social commentary about our culture and the icons who represent it. It's not for young kids, but adults who like this sort of comedy will probably find themselves chuckling.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what "roasting" is. Did you know that roasts are mainly an American tradition? When and where did the tradition begin?

  • Why do you think that people agree to be roasted by comedians? What are some of the more well-known roasts featured on television? Roasts are intended to be in good fun, but can they go too far?

  • Are stereotypical comments ever appropriate, even when they're meant to be a joke? Why? What are some of the ways the media uses stereotypes to be entertaining? How can people help others understand what stereotypes are, and how to diffuse them?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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