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Theater & art

Comedian Jeff Ross expertly targets his roast subjects

Jeff Ross is a really nice guy. Honest.

Yes, he is known as the “Roastmaster General” for pummeling celebrities on Comedy Central and elsewhere. As emcee of the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Mansfield last month, he eviscerated some unlucky souls sitting near the front. Give him 10 seconds to assess a subject, and he can “speed roast” anyone onstage. Audiences will see plenty of that Jeff Ross at the Wilbur Theatre Friday. But in conversation, the 1987 Boston University graduate is quiet, polite, and respectful.

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