'Roasters' would skewer real and fictional figures
If getting skewered by “Roastmaster General” Jeffrey Ross wasn’t hurtful enough for some celebrities, how about if the skewering was done by a puppet?That is the premise “Avenue Q” puppeteer Rick Lyon and Thinkfactory Media are developing with “Roasters.” New series will serve up celebrities and iconic figures — either dead of alive, fictional or real — to get roasted by puppets. No network is currently attached. “I’ve always sought out projects that allow me to push the boundaries of entertainment in one way or another,” said Lyon. “The premise allows for endless fun and creativity. Everyone is fair game.” Lyon will exec produce with Leslie Greif, Adam Freeman and Adam Reed.Celebrity roasts have been a hit for Comedy Central over the last few years, with Charlie Sheen being the most recent roastee. Thinkfactory produces “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and is working with History on the miniseries “The Hatfields and McCoys.”
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