You might have seen him bash a celebrity or two on Comedy Central Roast, or perhaps in a number of shows such as: David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and The View. The man even appeared on season seven of Dancing With The Stars. He was axed after the second round but still, you have to commend the guy for trying. He’s been everywhere and done pretty much anything a comedian would hope to achieve in a single lifetime.
But what you probably didn’t know about Jeff Ross was that he was tormented and bullied during his high school years.
The Roastmaster General stopped by “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” last week and revealed how a particular bully made his life a living hell during his teen years. “He used to leap out of corners and whack people in the kayoonas and everybody would just kind of like go down, and it was just painful. And him and his brother would just laugh at everybody writhing around in pain,” said Ross. He later goes on to say during the interview that in a desperate attempt to stop the bullying, he considered putting his black belt training to use and fight back whenever he got attacked again.
After endless beatings, he was quick to realize that using his words made a bigger impact on the bully. “He hit me so hard, I went down and I tried to get up to hit him back. But I just couldn’t get up, it hurt so bad,” explained Ross. “So I just started making fun of him, I don’t know what else to do. I started making fun of his forehead, a ‘fivehead’ I said. He got all flustered and I made fun of him in front of all the other students.”
A star was born from the terrible ordeal and to our benefit we have our infamous “Roastmaster.” Who has the last laugh now?
Check out some of Ross’ best material here, courtesy of YouTube:
About the Author: Nancy Angel graduated from Cal State Stanislaus with a Bachelors in Spanish and Communications. She's a firm believer that with persistence, determination, and a positive attitude you can achieve any goal you set your mind to. She is hoping to land a career in broadcast journalism. In her spare time Angel loves to do anything that involves staying active, dancing, watching freakishly romantic comedies, and spending time with her family.