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Zero Friends, Zero Chill: Hilarious Roasts

The Ethics of Roasting

Remember that party last month when Brad really laid into Tom about how he never talks to anyone? Everyone was cracking up, but the next day I saw Tom skipping school, and I have a feeling it wasn’t just a coincidence. Roasts can be ruthless when they cross the line from funny teasing to actual personal attacks.

We’ve all been there – trying to look cool in front of our friends by proving we’ve got the sharpest insults. But it often ends up less “roast” and more just plain mean. Instead of bringing people down, why not lift them up?

Punching Down Hurts

Take Steve, for example. He’s shy and likes gaming more than football. So of course Chad just has to joke about how “lame” his clothes and hobbies are at lunch yesterday. But imagine how that made Steve feel all afternoon? Now he’ll be even less comfortable opening up to our group. There’s playful teasing, and then there’s actively putting others down to seem cool.

Empathy is Key

We’ve all had moments of insecurity. Remember how cringy that haircut you had last year looks now? Or when you had a huge zit for the school dance? Have some empathy – those kind of “roasts” about appearances or interests usually just shame people for things out of their control.

Build Others Up, Not Down

True wit and humor lift people’s spirits, not crush them. Instead of tearing others apart for laughs, find ways to build authentic connections and bring more light to the world. Friendly teasing between close pals who understand each other is one thing, but cutting a casual acquaintance just seeks approval at their expense.

The Appeal and Limits of Friendly Banter

Playful ribbing among close friends who know where to draw the line can be a sign of caring affection. But publicly dragging an acquaintance risks leaving real hurt. Here are some guidelines for balancing humor with kindness:

Know Your Audience

Close friends you’ve bonded with through shared experiences will “get” your humor style in a way acquaintances may not. With outsiders, tread more carefully until understanding each other better.

Keep it Light!

Gently joking about relatable quirks shows them they’re welcome to laugh at themselves too. But digging at sensitive spots crosses a line. Catching errors lightly is fine – attacking character is not.

Check For Comfort

Watch reactions and nudge the fun aside if anyone seems uneasy. True friends care more about inclusion than just laughter. Comfort should supersede being the “funniest.”

Related: How to Roast Your Brother?

Building Others Up Over Time

While jabs may get laughs, real friendship is built through trust and mutual care. Consider handling social situations this way instead:

Ask Honest Questions

Show new peers you want to include them by learning about their interests non-judgmentally. People love feeling seen.

Find Common Ground

Once you connect over shared likes, invite them along to deepen the bond gradually over time in a low-pressure way.

Compliment Sincerey

Noticing new acquaintances’ quirks and gifts in a thoughtful way helps them feel valued for who they are.

Check In With Care

Ask privately if they’re truly doing alright and need an empathetic ear. Caring queries go further than critique ever could.


While humor has its place between friends, truly connecting with people means meeting them where they are – not where you assume them to be. With patience and empathy, what seems like an “easy target” today can blossom into a rich friendship worth protecting. Might a little understanding go further than any joke ever could? I’m betting it will.

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