Posts tagged as roseanne barr

Watching Roseanne's Early Standup and Secret Sitcom Pilot

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Before we begin, I must first make a confession. My knowledge of Roseanne Barr's comedy is based solely on my memories of [...]

Roseanne Barr Sheds More Light on the Behind-the-Scenes Sexism on 'Roseanne'

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter late Sunday night to deliver a long missive about comedians unfairly labeled "crazy" and "difficult" and singled out his former boss Roseanne Barr as a particularly perfect example of a comedic genius who had to deal with sexism on an everyday basis during Roseanne's run throughout the '90s. Macdonald concluded his stream of tweets by calling Roseanne "a true feminist in a world of false ones" and "a genius who is being wasted," and yesterday Barr responded to Macdonald with both gratitude and some interesting details about the level of misogyny she endured during her time on her show from the writing [...]

Bill Hader, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, and Many, Many More Are Coming to 'Portlandia'

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have lined up a roster of guest stars for the new season of Portlandia that puts other TV show guest list rosters to shame. EW reports that Season 3 (which debuts January 4th at 10) will feature guest stars like Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Armisen’s SNL cohorts Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Juliette Lewis, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, British comedy Gods Matt Berry and Matt Lucas, Dinosaur Jr. founder J Mascis, Dirty Projectors, and tennis star Martina Navratilova, plus the return of Kyle MacLachlan, Jeff Goldblum, and Kumail Nanjiani, as well Chloë Sevigny in a recurring role as Fred and Carrie's [...]

Comedy Central to Roast Roseanne

Comedy Central has named Roseanne the next target for Jeff Ross and whoever is trying to be Greg Giraldo this year. The roast will be shot in LA on August 4 and air on August 12 at 10:00p.m. On being roasted, Roseanne commented, " “All I can say is good luck finding anything about me to make fun of… I mean, I've never made a mistake or offended anyone in my life!” It might be tough so here are a few jokes to get the roasters started:

Roseanne for President: The First Hundred Days in Office

Finally going through with her promise/threat from August, Roseanne Barr has filed the paperwork to run for president and says on her Twitter that she doesn't expect to win, but hopes bring attention to the Green Party by running. If she did get elected, here's an incomplete list of what she'd likely focus on in her first 100 days in the Oval Office:

– invest in technology futures for nut manufacture – promote tax subsidies for menopausal women – hire a cabinet led by John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Johnny Galecki – write searing, eye-opening essay about sexism on the political campaign trail [...]

The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.


Roseanne Says Chuck Lorre Stole Her Joke for 'Two and a Half Men'

Over the last three days, Roseanne Barr has been tweeting up a storm about Two and a Half Men creator stealing a joke from her standup act and using it on the show, in a line delivered by Ashton Kutcher. Barr heard about how Thursday's episode of Men had Kutcher say a line about a 91-year-old woman ("I’d imagine that you’re wet in the places you used to be dry, and dry in the places you used to be wet."), which bears a strong resemblance to a line about menopause she's been using in her act since at least 2006 ("I’m wet where I’m supposed to be dry and [...]

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Roast of Roseanne Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows

What an odd choice of pre-roll graphics. Are they implying that lightning created the fires? Like God is roasting Roseanne? Or is Roseanne supposed to be in hell? Are we all in hell? Who's in hell, Comedy Central!?  Maybe you can figure out with the other preview clips below.

"Who doesn't love being loved?"

In this month's Interview, Roseanne Barr sat down with Sandra Bernhard for an interview. It's pretty great. I mean: We went to see Hello, Dolly! at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit with Carol Channing, and I was just totally overwhelmed. I was 8 years old and this was the biggest thing that had happened to me. We started driving back to Flint from Detroit and I was crying the entire way home because my parents had not arranged for me to meet her. I would lie in bed at night and have full-blown fantasies about taking my bows on stage on Broadway. It was so embedded in me [...]

Roseanne Sounds Warrior Rallying Cry for Aging Women Everywhere

Holy mackerel. Roseanne's three-page-long ode to menopause is really intense. Aside from being funny and something we ladies should probably all email to our future selves, it makes me feel like everyone connected on this human journey and that being a woman is like riding a giant pirate ship through the Amazon, stopping only to spear fish before forging on ahead through the jungle to take pictures of parrots (I may be thinking of the popular 1994 computer game The Amazon Trail). Here is what she says to fellow menopause-passers:

Ahoy, matey! Hail, hail, all ye who enter here! You have arrived! Congratulations, sister!

You have made [...]

A Documentary Was Made About Roseanne Barr's 2012 Presidential Bid

It seems so long ago at this point, but Roseanne Barr did run for President of the United States in 2012 and apparently, somebody filmed a documentary about her campaign. THR reports today that longtime Michael Moore collaborator Eric Weinrib made a documentary called Roseanne for President!, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Barr's campaign. A year and a half after the election, the movie is currently in post-production and is expected to be finished sometime this year.

Roseanne for President! "followed Barr's gonzo campaign from its inception and gained access to her home, friends and family … [and] aims to illuminate how the system works by highlighting [...]

Roseanne Barr Will Guest Star on One of the Final Episodes of 'The Office'

Failed 2012 presidential candidate Roseanne Barr will be appearing in one of the final episodes of The Office's nine-season run, according to Entertainment Weekly. Barr also recently shot an episode of Portlandia and kicked off a Las Vegas residency with her stand-up act. Last year, she starred in a pilot called Downwardly Mobile, in which she reunited with John Goodman to play a couple living in a trailer park, but NBC opted to not pick up the show. In her episode of The Office, Barr will play a talent agent by the name of Carla Fern who helps Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) to realize his show business dream. Could [...]

Jane Lynch to Handle Roastmaster Duties for Roseanne

I always wonder two things when I hear about an upcoming Comedy Central roast: how mean will it be, and is the roastee really on board for it? As Joan Rivers said in A Piece of Work, "They keep telling you it’s an honor. I'm telling you that if I had invested wisely, I wouldn’t be doing this." The upcoming roast of Roseanne Barr is no different. Is Roseanne really into the idea and thinks it'll be fun, or is this just a cash grab to keep her nut farm afloat? It's hard to say, although the second question got a little complicated with the announcement that [...]

Trade Roundup: Jeff Goldblum, Jesse Bradford, Roseanne Barr

Jeff Goldblum has joined the increasingly fantastic cast of Sarah Silverman's NBC pilot as Silverman's character's ex-boyfriend, whom she probably broke up with because she was sick of hearing his thoughts on how chaos theory means that all her plans will end in dinosaur attacks.

The Jimmy Fallon-produced NBC pilot DILFs by Charlie Grandy has secured a lead in Jesse Bradford, who'll play "a handsome recently divorced lawyer who is confident in everything except parenting his 9-month-old son." Don't you kind of wish this was a laugh-track, family-friendly mid-2000s CBS show so there would be a voice-over going, "Depositions he can handle. But diapers? No way!" [...]