Jeff Ross

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Jeff Ross
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Jeff Ross in 2005
Pseudonym The Roast Master General
Birth name Jeffrey Ross Lifschultz
Born (1965-09-13) September 13, 1965 (age 49)
Springfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film, books
Nationality American
Years active 1986–present
Genres Roast comedian, satire
Subject(s) Jewish culture, pop culture, self-deprecation, insult comedy, too-soon comedy
Influences Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Cheech & Chong, The Blues Brothers[1]
Notable works and roles Comedy Central Roasts
Buddy in Where My Dogs At?

Jeff Ross (born Jeffrey Ross Lifschultz; September 13, 1965) is an American stand-up comedian, insult comic, actor, director and author. His skill is doing high-profile celebrity roasts and he is best known for his appearances in Comedy Central's Roasts and he has been dubbed "The Roastmaster General." He has appeared in various film, television, and cartoon projects. He has made appearances at events for U.S. soldiers and directed a documentary film covering his experiences touring U.S. bases in Iraq.

Early life[edit]

Jeffrey Ross was born and raised in Springfield, New Jersey.[2] He attended Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield. He is Jewish, as mentioned in his 2008 Comedy Central stand-up special, Jeffrey Ross: No Offense.

Ross graduated from Boston University's College of Communication. In a 2008 interview for the student-run BUTV10 program Full Circle, Ross mentioned that during his college years he was the director at BU's WTBU and worked at the local NPR affiliate.[citation needed] His mother died from leukemia when he was 14 years old. His father died 5 years later when Ross was 19 years old.[3]


During the summer of 1994, he appeared a few times in New York City at the Monday night open mic night of the now closed Greenwich Village location of the Boston Comedy Club, which was coordinated by Tracey Metzger. In 1996, he appeared in the movie Celtic Pride.

Ross is the current New York Friars' Club Roastmaster General and was a roaster for the last eleven Comedy Central Roasts: Pamela Anderson in 2005, William Shatner in 2006, Flavor Flav in 2007, Bob Saget in 2008, Larry the Cable Guy, Joan Rivers in 2009, David Hasselhoff in 2010, Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen in 2011, Roseanne Barr in 2012 and James Franco in 2013. He has also written for, performed in and/or produced several other celebrity roasts, including those for Hugh Hefner, Rob Reiner, Jerry Stiller, Drew Carey, Emmitt Smith, Carson Daly, Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic, Gene Simmons, and David Hasselhoff. In addition to his roasts, his stand-up has been featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.

It is widely accepted that a joke he told about Bea Arthur created his roasting career.[4]

In September 1, 2009, Ross was the first guest on the debut episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast.

Ross is the author of a book released September 15, 2009, titled I Only Roast the Ones I Love: Busting Balls Without Burning Bridges. It recounts his rise to stardom and, includes tips on writing roast jokes and has ideas on how to put on a roast.


In addition to Ross' dramatic turn on CBS's CSI, he has appeared on HBO's Six Feet Under, Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program, and Showtime's Weeds. He has also appeared as a regular cast member in Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out on MTV. In film, he has appeared in Stuck on You and The Aristocrats. He also provided the voice for the beagle Buddy in the MTV2 Sic'emation animated satire program that he created, Where My Dogs At?. He appeared in the third tournament of Celebrity Poker, but lost in his first match.

Ross' 2005 directorial debut, Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie received the Best Feature Film Award at the Montreal Comedy Festival. The documentary is about Ross' life changing experience entertaining U.S. troops stationed around Iraq. It features fellow comedians/comic actors Drew Carey, Blake Clark and Kathy Kinney.

Ross competed on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars. He was partnered with Edyta Śliwińska. During rehearsal of their first dance, Ross was accidentally poked in the eye by Śliwińska, suffering a scratched cornea. Against doctor's advice, Ross continued the competition. They performed the Cha-Cha-Cha to "Play That Funky Music", and were the first couple to be eliminated. They later performed a Quickstep to "I Get a Kick out of You" as an encore for the elimination show.

On August 14, 2012, Jeff Ross debuted his weekly Comedy Central show The Burn with Jeff Ross, which has aired two seasons so far.

An animated version of Jeff Ross appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold in the opening to the episode "Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth" voiced by Ross himself. He distracts Joker and the other villains at Joker's celebrity roast in order for Batman to escape being literally roasted alive. When Joker tries to escape, Ross stops him. When he subsequently suggests that he could be a full-time crime-fighter, Batman dryly advises he should just stick to comedy.

Political activity[edit]

On October 19, 2011, Ross visited the protesters of the Occupy movement in Los Angeles to support their cause and took the microphone to speak publicly to the crowd. He combined the movement's message with his comedy.[5][6]


  1. ^ Ross, Jeffrey (2009). I Only Roast the Ones I Love. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-4391-0279-4. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey Ross: No Offense. Comedy Central. August 22, 2008.
  3. ^ The Adam Carolla Podcast. December 6, 2010
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  5. ^ "Jeffrey Ross At Occupy LA: Part Stand Up, Part Soap Box". The Huffington Post. October 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Romero, Dennis (October 18, 2011) "Jeffrey Ross, Comedian, to 'Roast' Occupy L.A. at City Hall Tomorrow". LA Weekly.

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