The biggest surprise of the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen was seeing actress Kate Walsh walk onstage. The next biggest surprise was listening to the Private Practicestar throw out off-color jokes from the podium.
Could Walsh be unleashing her raunchy side?
“I do have a little bit of raunch,” Walsh told USA TODAY. “I’m half-Irish after all. So come on.”
Walsh admitted it might be a big shock for fans of her show to see her R-rated roast session (which will be broadcast Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT). When asked what they should know before tuning in, she replied with a laugh: “Viewer discretion advised. I’d say, take it easy everybody, it’s a little bit of a bumpy ride,” Walsh said, before using words like “filthy,” “naughty” and “dirty” to describe the evening dedicated to bashing Sheen. These are words not normally associated with Walsh.
Throughout the Saturday night roast, roastmaster Seth MacFarlane continually asked Walsh, “What are you doing here?” from the stage. Onstage she explained that she was using her television medical expertise to analyze the outrageous personalities on the stage — from Sheen to William Shatner to Mike Tyson.
But afterwards Walsh said it was all about comedy, adding that she started her career in improv.
“And it was a good exercise in masochism to come up here,” Walsh said. Though she added that she came out “relatively unscathed” by the other comics — and Sheen — despite some of the comedy bombs thrown at her during the roast.
Walsh admitted that when she agreed to do the gig she had at least one sleepless night. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing,” she said. “I have never done a roast before.”
But at the end, she was all smiles backstage. “No regrets,” said Walsh. “You never want to rest on your laurels. You want to keep doing things that terrify you.”