This Comedian Tried To Roast a Reality Star and Was Gloriously Beaten

The Weekly with Charles Pickering is - basically - Australia's equivalent of The Daily Show or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: a satirical news program that uses the news-y format to poke fun at politics, culture, and celebrities. The interview portion of the show - Hard Chat - pits correspondent Tom Gleeson against an interviewee, where he gleefully insults and roasts them and just generally tries to provoke them as much as possible (think The Colbert Report). But things got turned around when Gleeson went up against model/singer/reality star Sophie Monk.

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Sophie Monk isn't highly regarded in Australia - she exists primarily on the reality star circuit (she won their version of Celebrity Apprentice a few years ago), her music isn't too well-remembered, and she's primarily known as a pretty face. So she would seem like easy pickings for Gleeson, who gets some really rough digs in on her over the course of the interview.

But here's the thing: Sophie Monk proved herself to be unroastable.

By staying chipper, easy-going, and enormously self-deprecating, Monk made it pretty much impossible for any of Gleeson's roasts to land effectively...and ultimately got him to break character and giggle uncontrollably.



Gleeson started with a solid roast - which Monk quickly knocked back by taking it even further.

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Not deterred, Gleeson had another primo-roast in his back pocket...which, again, Monk swept aside by being funny and incredibly open about the reality of her level of fame.

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The conversation went on to discuss Monk's reality show future, her general decent into obscurity, her lack of taste, etc., but it ultimately culminated in this exchange - where Monk's deadpan brutal honesty surprised Gleeson enough that it got him to break character in a fit of laughter.

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Really, it's worth watching the whole thing - Gleeson is awesome at this, but he was not prepared for Monk to be such a worthy sparring partner.