Stepping onto the stage, in a floor length black skirt and black shirt reading ’betch’ Roseanne Barr looks exactly as she does on television. A middle aged woman, pretty in an average way, hair up in a casual ponytail, full figured with a paunchy belly. The moment she appears, the crowd breaks into thunderous applause, cheering, and more than one person shouting ’Roseanne, you’re hot!’ The fats, the gays, the drinkers...Roseanne was home.
This much beloved and often controversial comedy legend has exercised her considerable talent in many forms; the most famous of course was her smash hit TV show Roseanne, the vehicle that redefined sitcoms and made a star out of this plus-size funny gal. Other projects followed - a short lived talk show, 2 books, political activism, all undertaken with her trademark outspokenness and outrageousness. She is once again on the stand up comedy circuit, and wasted no time getting down to business. "Does my fat ass make my ass look fat?" she asked the crowd, kicking off her set of jokes, zingers and wry observations. The topics were many and varied, from the Iraq War, to Kirstie Alley to Jenny Craig ("lying fucking bitch!").
On performing on a gay cruise: "That captain really goes down with the ship."
On growing up in Salt Lake City "We were poor, my family but we didn’t know it. Cause we were stupid too".
On menopause: "I’m wet where I’m supposed to be dry and dry where I’m supposed to be wet."
Roseanne also acted as a psychic, answering questions that were ostensibly submitted by the audience before the show began:
From a woman named Carol: Will my husband get lucky tonight?
Roseanne: No Carol. He’ll still have to fuck you.
Lady from Long Island: How soon will I be working from home?
Roseanne: As soon as you turn your trailer into a whorehouse.
Towards the end of her set, Roseanne brought to the stage a friend of hers who was in the audience, a woman she called ’the baddest, bravest, bitchin’est mother fucker’, and Rosie O’Donnell suddenly joined her on stage to much screaming and cheering. The two ladies launched into a spontaneous, ribald 15-minute segment (Rosie detailed Barbra Walters’ apparent knowledge of personal lubricants), and the affection between them was obvious. One topic they took on was Britney Spears, prompting Rosanne to joke, "I know how hard it is to be an unfit mother".
The audience all but swooned in Roseanne’s presence, responding to her jokes and perfect timing with uproarious laughter and, ultimately, a standing ovation. La Roseanne ended this evening of stellar comedy with song, donning a boa and dark shades, turning My Way into a mildly dirty, totally obnoxious and arrogant rant. We love you Roseanne, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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