It turns out that Peyton Manning is a pretty funny dude. Other than appearing in commercials for Sprint and MasterCard way back in the day and singing to chicken parm sandwiches, he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2007 and gifted us with some hilarious moments like the unforgettable United Way short. He even created a rap song with Eli Manning for DirecTV a few years ago that was so popular it sparked a sequel.
So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Manning was comfortable taking the stage at Comedy Central’s annual roast over the weekend, where he shared the spotlight with comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Pete Davidson and Jeff Ross to hurl insults at Rob Lowe. For example, remember when Lowe “broke news” in 2012 that Manning was set to retire after he missed the entire season with a neck injury?
“You tried to take the air out of my retirement announcement so fast,” Manning said, “you can probably get a job as Tom Brady’s ball boy.”
Fortunately for Lowe, he got some revenge later on at the expense of Manning’s forehead.
“Peyton Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion and a Hall of Famer but it did’t give him a big head,” said Lowe. “That came from years of inbreeding.”
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While those were all in good natural – at least, we think they were – the more brutal jokes on the night were saved for conservative commentator Ann Coulter. Other than people making death jokes and calling her a racist, Manning poked fun at her appearance by saying he wasn’t the only athlete in the building because, “as you know, earlier this year, Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby.”
And seriously, there was a lot more where that came from.