If you can’t stand the heat, then you better stay out of Jason “Jax” Jackson’s kitchen.
The television host and courtside reporter for the Miami Heat had the white-hottest ticket on South Beach Saturday night for this his third installment of the Jax Celebrity Roast, appropriately called Vol. III featuring No. 3, Dwyane Wade.
Volume I featured DJ Irie, the official DJ of the Miami Heat. Volume II featured Hall of Famer Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins, who, sitting at 0-5, are being roasted this season for a not-so-lofty cause … the No. 1 draft pick.
Jax took a page out of Heat president Rat Riley’s book and went and got an orca for this year’s roastee.
The legendary Dwyane Wade is beloved both on and off the court here in Miami and a sold-out crowd was on hand to show him just how much.
The phrase “it’s getting hot in here” is an understatement, as it was like a Heat family reunion at 1 Hotel South Beach.
With the cozy setting of the event, it was very easy to catch glimpse or even rub elbows with some of your favorite sports celebrities.
The who’s who of the Miami Heat were on hand to honor the legacy of the three-time champ and watch him get roasted for a good cause. In attendance were some of the big guns of the organization’s basketball operations team and former teammates Alonzo Mourning and Shane Battier, current and former Heat broadcasters Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino to name a few. And legend and “orca” in his own right, Heat president Pat Riley made a rare appearance.
The roast is the Jax Fam Foundation’s premier event and per Jax “it is the perfect way to celebrate people in our community making a difference.”
The 20-time Emmy-winning television host was looking for a unique and fun way to raise money for charity and I’d say he found it.
If you think you know how to throw a fundraising party…you don’t know Jax.
As impressive as was the location and the slate of events for the evening; the guest list for the event and the star-studded roasters were equally impressive. It was a Miami sports fan’s dream come true.
Making his second roast appearance was writer/director “Rayzor” Raymond Davis, whose quick wit cut like a knife as he reached down deep for some of his jokes.
Also gracing the stage was fellow comedian and funny man Chris Spencer aka “the assassin.” Spencer has become a staple of the Jax Celebrity Roast. This is his third appearance and, as usual, he brought the funny. And as promised, nothing and no one was safe. He killed it and us.
And of course, the roast of Wade would not be complete without some of those who know him best.
Former teammate, business partner and Mr. 305, Udonis Haslem took to the stage to roast his brother – no script just speaking off the cuff. And after spilling some of the tea, here’s hoping he gets to keep his godfather title to Wade’s daughter Kaavia James.
And last but certainly not least, Heat newcomer Jimmy Butler. Though he is not here to fill Wade’s shoes, I think he stole another piece of the Heat’s fans heart Saturday night.
Jimmy having never done this before and no ghost-writer for his jokes, was a little leery to go all in on Wade for fear of retaliation, or as he puts it, “cause you know you got to give some to take some, so I know it’s coming my way as well.”
“Ragging on people and cracking jokes is not my expertise, said Butler. “I’m a hooper…an UNO champ and a domino physician,” he said emphatically.
But yes, the Butler did his thing.
He had a little something, something up his sleeves.
Well, let’s roll them up and take a look see.
Usually what happens in Vegas, oops I mean the roast…stays in the roast as all cell phones and recorders are forbidden, but this was too good to keep in.
Not only did Butler hold his own on the funny, he started his set out with a little serenade of “Let Me Love You” by Mario, dissing Wade as a Karaoke pretender among other things. Butler showed the crowd that he had yet another hidden talent.
If I didn’t know better, I’d think he was auditioning for Shane Battier’s Battioke, another Heat family tradition.
Jimmy is fitting right in here in Miami.
Wade also got his turn to turn the tables on the roasters—short but sweet and hilarious is all that I can say. It is fresh in everyone’s mind why they love this man.
They all had donors laughing right out of their hard-earned money to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Jax said the roast was something that he had always wanted to do, and no one else was doing it.
“We have enough golf tournaments,” he said in response as to why he chose the roast as his avenue to aid him in his efforts of giving back to the community.
Laughter is often the best medicine and, in this case, it is the best vehicle to raise money for a good cause.
The proceeds from the event go to the roast-of-honor’s charitable foundation.
Wade’s World Foundation, which supports community-based organizations that promote health, education and social skills for children in at-risk situations, will get the assist.
Letting someone bring up your flaws and your shortcomings, takes a thick skin because every joke has a hint of some truth to it.
Jax said “you just let it roll off your back” as you know you are doing it for a good purpose.
The things we do for charity.
As each roast has gotten bigger and better, I can’t wait to see who Jax gets to sit in the hot seat in 2021.
If you want to join in the fun next time, you will have to get your tickets.
Remember, it’s for a good cause.