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Comedy Central to Roast Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe will be the subject of this year’s Comedy Central roast, the network announced Thursday. The “Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe” will be shot in Los Angeles later this year. No premiere date or taping date has yet been set.

“Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome. He needs to be roasted,” said Kent  Alterman, president of Comedy Central.

Lowe most recently starred in the Fox comedy series “The Grinder” alongside Fred Savage. The series was well reviewed but failed to draw standout ratings. It was canceled after one season.

“What a thrill to once again be following in Justin Bieber’s footsteps,” Lowe said. “I look forward to a night of hilarious jokes recycled from the James Franco Roast. I would like to express my gratitude to the members of my family who have passed away and therefore will not have to endure what promises to be a very special evening.”

No lineup for performers on the Lowe roast has yet been announced. Recent roast subjects include Bieber, Franco, Roseanne Barr, Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump. Among the performers who spoke at last year’s Bieber roast were Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris D’Elia, Natasha Leggero, Pete Davidson and Will Ferrell.

Lowe spoke with John Travolta for “Actors on Actors” in this week’s issue of Variety. Asked by Travolta about the sense of humor he brings to his work, Lowe said, “I was influenced as a kid by watching early ‘Saturday Night Live.’ I must have been about 11, 12 or 13 when it came out and I was obsessed with it. I think I know more about early ‘SNL’ than probably the people who were actually on it.”

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