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Jeff Ross at Hilarities

When: Fri., May 13 2011

We were nervous about interviewing insult comic Jeff Ross, the self-styled "Roastmaster General" and acknowledged "meanest man in comedy." But the New Jersey native — fresh from a March 15 Comedy Central roast of "The Donald" — turned out to be a nice guy. Calling in from Houston, where he was preparing for one of several appearances in Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour, he apologized for being a little late. Then he promised that folks in the audience at this weekend's Hilarities performances have nothing to fear from his wicked tongue. "I only take on people who volunteer," he laughed. What we'll get instead is lots of funny stories about Trump and other celebrities — Sheen included. "He's attracting a pretty peculiar crowd," Ross said, "but that makes it so much fun! He agreed to let me roast him no holds barred, and seems delighted to have me bring the tough love." In fact, Ross calls his work with Sheen a "comedy intervention." And his apt alternative to the Violent Torpedo moniker? "The What the Fuck Was I Thinking?!? Tour." Catch Ross at Hilarities tonight and tomorrow for four performances. Tickets are $25 to $30; snag them at pickwickandfrolic.com. Hilarities is at 2035 East Fourth St.; call 216-241-7425 for more information. — Elaine T. Cicora

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