Blessed with an acerbic wit, Jeffrey Ross rose quickly from being a stand-up comedian to being dubbed the "Roastmaster General" by Jimmy Kimmel and "The Meanest Man in Comedy" by New York magazine. Known for his hard-edged celebrity roasts on Comedy Central and MTV, Ross honored some of America's favorite stars - from Hugh Hefner to William Shatner - with his cutting, unabashed remarks. From writing for fellow comedians Billy Crystal and Chris Rock to starring in his own stand-up special for Comedy Central, Ross kept the dying brand of insult comedy alive. Showing off a more rhythmic side in 2008, Ross signed on as a contestant on ABC's seventh season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), only to be the first one eliminated from the competition. Of course, he resumed his steady diet of celebrity roasts, delivering pointed bon mots to such stars as David Hasselhoff, Joan Rivers, and Charlie Sheen.
Born Jeffrey Ross Lifschultz on Sept. 13, 1965 in Newark, NJ, Ross grew up in the Garden State before later attending Boston University, where he earned a degree in broadcasting and film. Getting his start in stand-up, Ross performed at the local comedy clubs before making his television stand-up debut on "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993- ). A member of the infamous New York City Friar's Club, a private club known for their celebrity roasts, Ross found his niche as an insult comic, à la Don Rickles. Teaming up with Comedy Central in 1998, The Friar's Club celebrity roast was broadcast to the public with "Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey," earning Ross some much-needed exposure. He went on to roast Jerry Stiller, Rob Reiner and infamous playboy Hugh Hefner in a series of Friar's Club specials.
Ross found success off the stage as well; he worked as a writer on the first season of Comedy Central's unapologetically male "The Man Show" (1999-2004) and went on to write for host Billy Crystal on "The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (ABC, 2000) and Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock on the "MTV Video Music Awards." He also served as host and head writer on the MTV comedy roast show "MTV Bash: Carson Daly" (2003) and became roast master for Comedy Central with the special "Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson" in 2005. Proving to be a popular series for the network, Ross was invited back to host Comedy Central roasts of William Shatner in 2006, Flavor Flav in 2007 and Bob Sagat in 2008. A staunch supporter of troops overseas, Ross embarked on a one-week USO tour of Iraq with fellow comedian Drew Carey in 2003. Documenting the experience on film, Ross later released the film, titled "Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie," in 2005. Hailed by one critic as "the best documentary to emerge so far from the Iraq War," "Patriot Act" proved to be a poignant portrayal of both the Iraq war and the tradition of USO comedy tours made popular by legendary comic Bob Hope.
Returning to his offensive nature in 2006, Ross wrote and produced the animated series "Where My Dogs At?" (MTV2). Parodying Hollywood celebrity, the series was centered on Buddy (Ross), a beagle lost on the streets of Hollywood, and his friend Woof (Tracy Morgan), a bulldog. The series was pulled after its first season however, when controversy arose about the depiction of African-American women in the episode "Woofy Loves Snoop," a parody of rapper Snoop Dogg. Undeterred, Ross went on to star in his first stand-up special on Comedy Central, "Jeffrey Ross: No Offense," in 2008. That same year, Ross signed on raise his profile outside the comedy realm by competing on ABC's reality show phenomenon "Dancing with the Stars." But his stint on the show was short lived, as he was accidentally poked in the eye by his partner, Edyta Sliwinska, during rehearsals and suffered a scratched cornea. Though he competed against doctor's orders, Ross was the first to be eliminated from the show. Meanwhile, he continued to roast a wide swath of celebrities on Comedy Central, including Larry the Cable Guy, Joan Rivers, Donald Trump, David Hasselhoff and Charlie Sheen.
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Hosted "Tompkins Square" on Comedy Central
Was a writer on the first season of Comedy Central's "The Man Show"
Co-wrote for the 72nd Academy Awards for host Billy Crystal
Appeared on episode of the CBS series, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Produced and appeared on "Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Hugh Hefner"
Co-wrote for hosts Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock for the MTV Video Music Awards
Had a small role as a comic on HBO's "Six Feet Under"
Executive-produced and hosted "MTV's Bash of Carson Daly"
Appeared in the Farrelley Brothers' comedy "Stuck on You"
Made his directorial debut with the documentary "Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie" (aired on Showtime)
Joined several others for "Comedy Central's Roast of Pamela Anderson"
Featured in the critically acclaimed comedy, "The Aristocrats"
Cast in Paul Weitz's satire "American Dreamz"
Co-created, wrote and starred in MTV's controversial animated series "Where My Dogs At?"
Served as a judge on ABC's reality series, "The Next Best Thing"
Joined several others for "Comedy Central's Roast of Flavor Flav"
Made a cameo appearance on Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program"
Joined the seventh season of ABC's reality competition "Dancing with the Stars"
Had the recurring role of Detective Livsholtz on "M'larky"
Lent his voice to an episode of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold"
Voiced himself on two episodes of "Family Guy"
Voiced himself on an episode of "The Simpsons"
Played a masturbator in the comedy "Flock of Dudes"
Voiced Hook Foot on Disney's "Tangled: The Series"