Jeffrey Ross talks about touring with Charlie Sheen
When the room gets a little too tough for Charlie Sheen on one of his "Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option Tour" stops, comedian and Comedy Central roaster Jeffrey Ross comes in to diffuse the heat from Sheen.
The comedian has been seen on several of Sheen's recent tour stops including Atlantic City, New Jersey and San Francisco, California.
"I feel like this is a comedy intervention of sorts," Ross told OnTheRedCarpet.com at 55th Anniversary Gala of The Thalians, the entertainment industry's nonprofit organization dedicated to the treatment of mental health issues. The organization hosted the event at the Playboy Mansion on Saturday.
"He says he's a warlock from Mars. I'll tell you what he's not, a comedian from Earth," Ross added.
Ross explained his role on the tour as, "I go out and give him some tough love and he [Sheen], to his credit, has been a great sport about the whole thing. I've been roasting him city to city, I get meaner every show, and he takes it like a champ. "
Sheen's tour is set to wrap up on May 3 at the Comcast Arena in Everett, Washington.
The actor reportedly plans to donate the profits made from merchandise sold during his tour stop in San Francisco on April 30 to a Giants fan severely beaten during the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opening game, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Ross opened up about his love of performing for men and women in uniform. "I had an awakening in 2003 when I did my first USO tour to Iraq," Ross said. "There's a real love affair between me and the soldiers. I feel like I just can't say no. I feel like it's a little bit that I can do to try to bring some levity to a very serious situation. "
He added, "I just came back from Landstuhl Medical Center, which is the first stop after Iraq and Afghanistan when guys get injured, they go right to Germany. So I met all those doctors and nurses -- and half the cast of 'Spider-Man' on Broadway was there also."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).