Comedy Central puts Justin Bieber in the hot seat

Shooting fish in a barrel? Comedy Central is set to tape a roast of pop star/underwear model Justin Bieber. Where to start: peeing in a restaurant mop bucket? Egging his neighbor’s house? Abandoning a pet monkey in Germany? “Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first,” said Kent Alterman, president, content development & original programming. “We’re thrilled he listened.” James Franco was the last to take the heat, in 2013.

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