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Jeff Ross - Biography

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Born:

September 13, 1965

Jeff Ross Overview:

Known as the "Roastmaster General," Jeff Ross is a comic in the tradition of old-school guys like Rodney Dangerfield, Buddy Hackett and George Burns. He's one of the best insult comedians in the business, able to skewer anyone and anything with a single pointed and well-timed jab. Ross has turned insult comedy into an industry, becoming a staple of both the Friar's Club and Comedy Central roasts; he's also heavily involved with volunteering for the USO and has performed numerous times for the troops overseas. Pretty nice for such a mean guy.

Quick Jeff Ross Facts:

  • Jeffrey Ross Lifschultz was born and raised in Springfield, New Jersey.
  • He began performing stand-up comedy in the last 1980s after graduating from Boston University.
  • His first hour-long stand-up special, No Offense: Live from New Jersey, debuted on Comedy Central in 2008.
  • He works closely with the USO and has made many trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to perform for U.S. troops.
  • Ross published his first book in 2009, I Only Roast the Ones I Love: Busting Balls Without Burning Bridges.
  • In 2012, he began hosting his own Comedy Central series, The Burn with Jeff Ross. The same year, his second stand-up special, Jeff Ross Roasts America, premiered on the network.

Jeff Ross and Roasts:

Known in the comedy world as the Roastmaster General (an official title he holds at the legendary New York Friar's Club), Ross is one of the go-to guys for insult comedy. As a fan of student of comedy history and a fan of the old school style, Ross has earned the respect both of his comedy contemporaries and of the greats that came before him -- guys like Pat Cooper and Don Rickles.

In addition to his Friar's Club roasts, Ross has participated in a number of televised roasts on Comedy Central, on which he is practically a fixture. Since 2005, he has participated in the Comedy Central roasts of William Shatner, Pamela Anderson, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, Larry the Cable Guy, Donald Trump, David Hasselhoff, Joan Rivers and Charlie Sheen.

In 2012, Ross developed a weekly roast-style show for Comedy Central, called The Burn with Jeff Ross. It also became the them of his second stand-up special, Jeff Ross Roasts America.

Jeff Ross and the USO:

In the early 2000s, Ross began touring extensively with the USO, making countless trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain U.S. troops stationed there. He credits this USO work, meeting the soldiers and hearing their stories, with changing his outlook on life and making him a much less selfish person. In 2005, Ross directed a documentary about his trips overseas, called Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie. The film, which also features comedians Drew Carey, Kathy Kinney and Blake Clark won the Best Feature award at the Montreal Comedy Festival.

Additional Jeff Ross Facts:

  • Ross was a contestant on the seventh season of the ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars in 2008. He was the first contestant eliminated from the show.
  • In 2009, he was the first guest on Marc Maron's popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron.
  • He was featured in the 2000 Friar's documentary Let Me In, I Hear Laughter.
  • Ross has made TV appearances on shows including CSI, The Sarah Silverman Program, Six Feet Under, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Weeds.
  • He was a participant in Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, but was eliminated in just one round.
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