The premier of Two and a Half Men and the Charlie Sheen Roast was the comedy equivalent of the Mayweather vs. Ortiz title fight. And yes by that I mean cheap and dirty shots coming from both sides.
The premier of Two and a Half Men didn't waste a second before proverbially head-butting Charlie Sheen with a round of cheap shots. As they lay his bowling shirt and khaki shorts to rest, various lady ghosts of Charlie Harper's past came to each take a swing. Famous guest cameos from prior episodes, such as Jenny McCarthy, Jeri Ryan and Emmanuelle Vaugier, took turns accusing Charlie of giving them all different STDs.
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Even his family took a turn taking shots at the late Charlie Harper. His mother interrupted with a attempt to sell his beach house. After Rose described his bloody "accidental" death, the half-a-man, Jake Harper, responds with only a complaint about being hungry… The final blow was when Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher), pretty much bursts through a cloud of Charlie's ashes to make his debut.
The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen was truly a Royal Rumble of painful jokes that spared no one. Charlie Sheen took the worst beating of course, but even the roasters didn't hold back on burning each other. The roastee Sheen even got some pretty good zingers in for the finale.
Of course the roasters had to send a few cheap shots towards Ashton Kutcher's camp. A good one that burned both Sheen and Kutcher, along with Demi Moore and Bruce Willis was by Amy Schumer: "You're just like Bruce Willis – You were big in the 80s and now your old slot is being filled by Ashton Kutcher."
Now both premiers reached record ratings. The Two and a Half Men premier saw a record for the series with 27.7 million viewers. The Sheen Roast reached 6.4 million viewers, which broke all other Comedy Central records. While the Sheen Roast had much lower ratings it aired on the cable network Comedy Central which doesn't have nearly as big of an audience like the CBS network does. So when compared to scale, both had an ultra-impressive crowd turn out to watch.
Of course these days, celebrity battles aren't just waged on TV, they're also fought through social media. Here we have two Twitter heavyweights, with Charlie Sheen weighing in with 4.8 million Twitter followers and Ashton Kutcher weighing in with 7.8 million Twitter followers.
Online media site Gigaom.com and social media monitoring company Visible Technologies tallied the Tweets this morning after the smoke cleared from last night's Twitter war:
Sheen dominated the Twittersphere, with around 40,000 tweets mentioning him and the roast, compared to 15,000 for Kutcher and his show. Note that Sheen did see more negative Tweets compared to Kutcher(shown in red). And also note that while Kutcher outweighs Sheen for followers, Sheen had all his roasters backing him up on Twitter.
I personally was not impressed with Ashton Kutcher's performance on Two and a Half Men. It seems like he's just playing the same character Kelso, he played in That 70s Show. Of course it was the first episode and is just getting warmed up; we'll all have to see a few more before giving him our final grade.
Kutcher's contract is currently for only one season of 24 episodes, with his $800k per episode salary he's looking at close to $20 million. Sheen has just settled his dispute for his wrongful firing from Two and a Half Men and is set to receive $100 million in compensation. If he finished his last season and the rest of his contract, he would have only seen around half of that. Sheen is also set to star in a new TV series based on the Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson movie "Anger Management".
What are your thoughts on the Roast and the premier of Two and a Half Men? If they were put in the ring last night, who won?
Do you think Ashton Kutcher will last to see a second season of Two and a Half Men?
Would you watch Charlie Sheen's upcoming show based on Anger Management?
Like with Mayweather's $40 million "win or lose" paycheck, do you think Sheen wins by default due to his $100 million cheque to NOT work on a show?