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Petersen Automotive Museum gets roasted by comedian Alex Mesrobian

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“If Steve Buscemi were a museum, he’d be the Petersen.” 

Petersen Automotive Museum
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The Petersen Automotive Museum won an architecture award this week, and instead of letting it have this moment, we’re going to have some fun.

If you’ve never been to the museum, you’ve undoubtedly noticed its fearless facade on Wilshire Boulevard, glowing red and wrapped in steel ribbons. It’s been likened to the Guy Fieri and Michael Bay of buildings.

In October, Los Angeles-based writer and stand-up comedian Alex Mesrobian roasted the Petersen at a live comedy show dissing some of the worst buildings in Los Angeles—and won. His pithy one-liners were scathing. Below are 10 of our favorites.


The exterior design is horrendous. It’s so ugly. If Steve Buscemi were a museum, he’d be the Petersen.

The structure is basically a silver and red plop. This is what it would look like if the Terminator had a period.

It has this weird red/orange glow. It looks like a giant, radioactive Donald Trump toupee.

This building is so harmful to your health, a cigarette looked at it the other day and lost 11 minutes of its life.

The remodeled Petersen is just a year old. And just like a one-year-old: it’s sloppy, unbalanced, and should’ve been aborted months ago.

It’s located in the Mid-Wilshire district in an area known as the Miracle Mile. The only miracle is that anybody comes within a mile of this place.

This building is so annoying. If the Petersen Museum were a genre of music it’d be reggaeton.

It’s almost as if they received an MRI of Charlie Sheen’s head, and they were like, “Let’s make that.”

This building is so ugly King Kong wouldn’t climb it.

The structure houses cars, which is ironic considering you should drive as far away from it as possible.