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. [...]
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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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.
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 [...]
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 [...]