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L E’s Stories – “The Unsinkable Lady of Comedy…..Who Has A Lifetime History of Fighting For The Forgotten Americans” – The Life and Times of Comedian Legend Roseanne Barr

Posting this video composite of the life and times of comedian / actress  Roseanne Barr is a “sometimes you win…..sometimes you lose”…..meaning John Goodman has always been “worth a look”….but just had an extreme aversion to her voice…..and for me there was better comedy on TV…..so,  rarely was her program seen…..but when it was viewed, it was enjoyable….but it just didn’t grab me.  So, having a shallow well of knowledge about Roseanne….. while having a “sour taste” in my mouth over the 10 years she was on, all due to that voice…..but that all changed on the night a night in November of 1987…..for that is the night that while sitting at a blackjack table at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with none other than Roseanne Barr a year before her show “Roseanne” would debut…..along with her sidekick, Joy Behar….which was a decade before she became an original cast member of “The View” in 1997…..and my whole attitude changed in the course of maybe an hour of playing poker with my older brother with two future TV icons, Roseanne and Joy.  You talk about “outgoing energy and funny”…..these two gals were more than a handful…..but this needs to be said, when the two of them left the table…..that’s when our winning streak ended…..as well as when my years of distaste and attitude in Roseanne’s voice completely changed…..while having a “working together sash-shay” at the blackjack tabel…..as Joy was particularly adept and experienced at a blackjack table…..while she had a good understanding of when to “take” and when to “stay”.   Therefore, with great anticipation…..thus look forward to having an “up-close and personal” video look at the life and times of Roseanne Barr…..with hopes you enjoy it also.  

Comedy – Rosanne Barr Documentary – 2023 – A Here and Now!  Production Special – “Roseanne Barr:  The Life and Legend”


Roseanne Cherrie Barr (born November 3, 1952) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer…..who began her career in stand-up comedy before gaining acclaim in the television sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997 …..and then again in 2018…..while winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work on the show.                                                             




Comedy – Complete Unedited Interview – 2022 – A Pioneers of Television Production Special – “Roseanne Barr: Sits Down To Discuss Her Secrets To Comedy…..And Her Rise To Fame As A Pioneer Of Television”




Barr became a stand-up comedian in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s…..then  she gained fame through her role in Roseanne and a myriad of performances. She sparked controversy when performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a nationally aired baseball game on July 25, 1990.  After singing the anthem in what many perceived to be a deliberately disrespectful manner…..when she grabbed her groin and spat.  This performance was met with condemnation from baseball fans and sportswriters…..and was called “disgraceful” by then-President George H. W. Bush.  What is difficult to understand the outrage over the national anthem…..as they had to have known she wasn’t a singer…..when she did exactly what everyone expected her to do…..for she was being just who she is…..when she has never tried to be someone or something she’s not…..which is something very admirable to all of us here at Imasportsphile.





Comedy – Standup – Roseanne Barr Live on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson – 1985 – A Johnny Carson Production Special – “Roseanne Barr’s 1st Television Appearance as a Comedian”                                                    




Comedy – Standup – Roseanne Barr Arnold Live at Trump Castle – 1990 – A CrazyNess36 Production Special – “Roseanne Barr:  28 Day Cycle”                                                                                                                                             




Comedy – Standup – Roseanne Barr Live at The Comedy Store in Hollywood – 2006 – A Jeff Ravitz Production Special – “Roseanne Barr:  Blonde and Bitchin” – In Her Return To Stand-Up




Barr has been active and outspoken on political issues throughout her career. She unsuccessfully sought the Green Party’s nomination for president in 2012…..while losing to physician Jill Stein…..but was later nominated by the left-wing Peace and Freedom Party……wherein Barr received nearly 70,000 votes for president in the 2012 presidential election.  After Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2015, Kelly Weill of The Daily Beast wrote that Barr “veered right” in her politics…..when after  Roseanne was revived, Trump called her to congratulate her on her show’s ratings and thank her for her support…..then she frequently defended her support of Trump.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       




Comedy – Stand Up Special – 1990 – A Craig Russell Production Special – “Live From Trump Castle: Roseanne Arnold & Her Husband Tom with a Donald Trump Cameo”




Roseanne was revived in 2018 on ABC…..which was a ratings success…..which got renewed for an additional season…..but was canceled after Barr made a tweet that was condemned as racist by many commentators…..which she referred to the tweet as a “bad joke”.  In 2022, she announced a comeback comedy special to be released on Fox Nation in 2023…..which never materialized.





Comedy – TV Sitcom Official Teaser – 2018 – A TV Promos Production Special – “Roseanne Barr and the Original Cast of the Sitcom “Roseanne” Return After a Decade Off the Air””




Barr was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to a Jewish family…..as the oldest of four children born to Helen (née Davis), a bookkeeper and cashier, and Jerome Hershel “Jerry” Barr, a salesman.  Her father’s family were Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire…..and her maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Austria-Hungary and Lithuania.  Her paternal grandfather changed his surname from “Borisofsky” to “Barr” upon entering the United States.  Barr’s great-grandparents were murdered during the Holocaust.  Her Jewish upbringing was influenced by her devoutly Orthodox Jewish maternal grandmother.  Barr’s parents kept their Jewish heritage secret from their neighbors and were partially involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Barr has stated, “Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning I was a Jew; Sunday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday afternoon we were Mormons.”  When Barr was three, she got Bell’s palsy on the left side of her face…..of which she said, “[so] my mother called in a rabbi to pray for me, but nothing happened. Then my mother got a Mormon preacher, he prayed, and I was miraculously cured”. Years later, she learned that Bell’s palsy was usually temporary and that the Mormon elder came “exactly at the right time”.                                                                                                                   




Talk Shows & Comedy – Roseanne Barr on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast – 2018 – A Joe Rogan Experience Production Special – “Roseanne Barr: On Being Institutionalized As A Teenager”




Barr has stated that she is on the autism spectrum.  At six years old, she discovered her 1st public stage by lecturing at LDS churches around Utah….. and was elected president of a Mormon youth group…..then at age 16, Barr was hit by a car…..when the car’s hood ornament impaled her skull…..which left her with a traumatic brain injury…..when her behavior changed so radically that she was institutionalized for eight months at Utah State Hospital.  In 1970, when Barr was 18, she moved out by informing her parents that she was going to visit a friend in Colorado for two weeks…..and she never returned.  The following year, Barr had a baby…..whom she put up for adoption…..but they reunited amicably 17 years later.  While in Colorado, Barr did stand-up gigs in clubs in Denver and other Colorado towns…..and she later tried out at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles…..which was followed by an appearance on The Tonight Show in 1985.





Talk Shows & Comedy – Roseanne Barr on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – 2018 – A Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Production Special – “Roseanne Barr:  Chats About Returning to ‘Roseanne’ After 21 Years…..Reveals What She Thinks of Critics of Her Vocal Trump Support…..And Recalls Running Away from Johnny Carson After Her Terrifying 1st Tonight Show Stand-Up Appearance.”




In 1986, she performed on a Rodney Dangerfield special…..plus on Late Night with David Letterman…..and then during the following year had her own HBO special called The Roseanne Barr Show…..which earned her an American Comedy Award for the funniest female performer in a television special.  Barr was offered the role of Peg Bundy in Married… with Children but turned it down.  In her stand-up routine, she popularized the phrase, “domestic goddess”…..when referring to a homemaker or housewife…..as the  success of her act led to her own series on ABC, called Roseanne.                                                                                                                                                                  




Comedy – Stand Up – HBO Rodney Dangerfield Comedy Special – 1986 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “Roseanne Barr: Stand Up Routine”                                                                                                                       




Talk Shows & Comedy – Roseanne Barr on Late Night With David Letterman – 1993 – A
Production Special – “Roseanne Barr: On Her Simple Approach To Comedy”                                             




Comedy – Stand Up – HBO Comedy Special – 1987 – A Craig Russell Production Special – “Roseanne Barr: 1st Hour-Long Standup Special On Her “Domestic Goddess Routine + Interludes Showing Her As a Wife and Mother of Three That Seem Like an Early Version of the Sitcom She Would Create a Year Later”




In 1987, The Cosby Show executive producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner wanted to bring a “no-perks family comedy” to television…..when they hired Cosby writer Matt Williams to write a script about factory workers …..then signed Barr to play Roseanne Conner.  The show premiered on October 18, 1988…..and was watched by 21.4 million households…..which made it the highest-rated debut of that season…..as Barr became outraged when she watched the 1st episode of Roseanne…..and noticed that in the credits, Williams was listed as creator.  She told Tanner Stransky of Entertainment Weekly, “We built the show around my actual life and my kids…..the ‘domestic goddess’, the whole thing.”  In the same interview, Werner said, “I don’t think Roseanne, to this day, understands that this is something legislated by the Writers Guild, and it’s part of what every show has to deal with. They’re the final arbiters.”.





Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” – 1989 – A Vanishan Production Special – “Season 2 Episode 7:   Boo! – Spooktacular Halloween Fun and Business Deal Anxiety”                                                 




Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” – 1990 – A Vanishan Production Special – “Season 3:  Love, Laughter, and Poker Night Drama – Arnie’s Arrival Sparks a Roseanne Kiss Scandal”




Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom Roseanne” – 1988 – A Vanishan Production Special – “Season 1:  Bloopers Compilation Episode”  




During the 1st season, Barr sought more creative control over the show, opposing Williams’ authority. Barr refused to say certain lines and eventually walked off set. She threatened to quit the show if Williams did not leave. ABC let Williams go after the thirteenth episode.  Barr gave Amy Sherman-Palladino and Joss Whedon their first writing jobs on Roseanne

Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” – 1988 – A Vanishan Production Special – “Season 1 Episode:  While Making His Famous Chili Dan Awaits a Phone Call About a Badly-Needed Construction Job

Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” – 1988 – A Vanishan Production Special – “Season 2 Episode 5:  “House of Grown-Ups”


Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” Season  – 1988 – A Vanishan Production Special – “Season 1 Episode:   Dan Hires a Photographer to Take a Family Portrait”


Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” – 1988 – A Vanishan Production Special – “Season 1 Episode:   Guilt by Disassociation – Exploring a Powerful Theme


Roseanne ran for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997. Barr won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Kids’ Choice Award, and three American Comedy Awards for her part in the show. Barr had crafted a “fierce working-class domestic goddess” persona in the eight years preceding her sitcom…..and wanted to do a realistic show about a strong mother “who was not a victim of patriarchal consumerism.”  For the final two seasons, Barr earned $40 million, making her the 2nd-highest-paid woman in show business at the time, after Oprah Winfrey.                                                                                                                                               




Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” – 1988 – A COZI TV Production Special – “Compilation Season 1 Highlights:  12 Ways to Raise Kids Conner-Style”                                                                                                              




Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” – 1988 – A COZI TV Production Special – “Compilation Season 1 Highlights:  12 Times Little DJ Had A Big Mouth”                                                                                                                         




Comedy – ABC Television Sitcom “Roseanne” – 1988 – A ThePAULAMICHELLE Production Special – “Season 5 Episode 13 Highlights:  Crime and punishment “




On July 25, 1990, Barr performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” off-key before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds at Jack Murphy Stadium.  She later said she was singing as loudly as possible to hear herself over the public-address system, so her rendition of the song sounded “screechy”.  Following her rendition, she mimicked the often-seen actions of players by spitting and grabbing her crotch as if adjusting a protective cup. Barr later said that the Padres had suggested she “bring humor to the song” …..but many criticized the episode, including President George H. W. Bush, who called her rendition “disgraceful”.





Music & News – A Hezakya News  With Dan Rather Special Report – 1990 – A Shelly Mercury gaga Special Production – “Roseanne Barr Sings National Anthem at a San Diego Padres Game”                                                       




Talk Shows & Comedy – Roseanne Barr On The Fallen State with Jesse Lee Peterson – 2019 – A
The Fallen State
Special Production – “Roseanne Barr: I Knew I Was Dead”On Singing The National Anthem at a San Diego Padres Game                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     



Barbara Ehrenreich called Barr a working-class spokesperson representing “the hopeless underclass of the female sex: polyester-clad, overweight occupants of the slow track; fast-food waitresses, factory workers, housewives, members of the invisible pink-collar army; the despised, the jilted, the underpaid,” …..but a master of “the kind of class-militant populism that the Democrats, most of them anyway, never seem to get right.”  Barr refuses to use the term “blue collar” because it masks the issue of class.  During Roseannes final season, Barr was in negotiations between Carsey-Werner Productions and ABC executives to continue playing Roseanne Conner in a spin-off.  After failed discussions with ABC as well as CBS and Fox, Carsey-Werner and Barr agreed not to continue the negotiations.                                                                                                                                




News & Comedy – Roseanne Barr’s Exclusive Interview with VICE News Tonight on HBO – 2018 – A VICE News Production Special – ” Roseanne Barr: Creator of the ‘Roseanne’ Show Opens Up About Her Life Since Being Fired by ABC…..After Making Supposedly Racist Comments on Twitter About Former Obama Aide, Valerie Jarrett”




She released her autobiography in 1989…..which was titled Roseanne—My Life As a Woman.  That same year, she made her film debut in She-Devil, playing a scorned housewife, Ruth…..when film critic Roger Ebert gave her a positive review saying, “Barr could have made an easy, predictable and dumb comedy at any point in the last couple of years. Instead, she took her chances with an ambitious project—a real movie.  It pays off, in that Barr demonstrates that there is a core of reality inside her TV persona, a core of identifiable human feelings like jealousy and pride, and they provide a sound foundation for her comic acting.”





Movie & Comedy – 1989 – A Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers Production SpecialOfficial Trailer for the Movie “She Devil” Starring Meryl Streep + Ed Begley Jr. + Roseanne Barr                                                                             




Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie She Devil Starring Meryl Streep + Ed Begley Jr. + Roseanne Barr – 1989 – A Movieclips Production Special – “Roseanne Barr Scene: Ruth’s Exit Scene”                                                      




Movie Clips & Comedy – From the Movie She Devil Starring Meryl Streep + Ed Begley Jr. + Roseanne Barr – 1989 – A Movieclips Production Special – “Roseanne Barr Scene: Dinner Disaster Scene”




In 1991, she voiced the baby Julie in Look Who’s Talking Too.  She was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress.  She appeared three times on Saturday Night Live from 1991 to 1994, co-hosting with then-husband Tom Arnold in 1992.





Comedy – SNL Comedy Skit – 2013 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special – “Coffee Talk: Linda Richman (Mike Myers), Her Best Friend Liz Rosenberg (Madonna) and Liz’s Mom (Roseanne Barr) Are Huge Barbra Streisand Fans and Discuss “Prince of Tides” Until Barbra Makes a Surprise Appearance                                   




Comedy – SNL Comedy Skit – 1994 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special – “Roseanne Barr + Norm MacDonald: In Skit of Woman With Multiple Personalities Who Sees a Psychologist”




In 1994, she released a 2nd book, My Lives…..when in that same year, Barr became the 1st female comedian to host the MTV Video Music Awards on her own…..plus, she remained the only one to have done so until comedian Chelsea Handler hosted in 2010.  In 1997, she made guest appearances on 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Nanny.                                                                                                                                                                                                  




Music & Comedy – Roseanne Barr Hosts The MTV Video Music Awards Highlights – 1994 – A Hugo Henderson Production Special – “The 1994 MTV VMAs were CHAOTIC!!”




In 1998, she portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West in a production of The Wizard of Oz at Madison Square Garden.  That same year, Barr hosted her own talk show, The Roseanne Show, which ran for two years before it was canceled in 2000.





Talk Shows & Comedy – The Roseanne Barr Talk Show (Entire Episode) – 1998 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “The ‘Roseanne’ Connor Family Reunion” – As Most of the Cast Members of ‘Roseanne’ Reunited on Roseanne’s Talk Show




Talk Shows & Comedy – The Roseanne Barr Talk Show (Entire Episode) – 1998 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – Roseanne Interviews Talk Show Host Virginia Graham (0:50) + Future US President Donald Trump (11:26) + Filmmaker Michael Moore (29:10)




In the summer of 2003, she took on the dual role of hosting a cooking show called Domestic Goddess…..while starring in a reality show called The Real Roseanne Show about hosting a cooking show.  Although 13 episodes were in production, a hysterectomy brought a premature end to both projects.  In 2004, she voiced Maggie, one of the main characters in the animated film Home on the Range.  





Comedy & Cooking Shows – Domestic Goddess Cooking Show & The Real Roseanne Show – 2006 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “Roseanne Barr + Pal James Moore Are Making Overnight French Toast Souffle”                                                                                                                                                                                       





Animation & Comedy – Animated Film “Home On The Range” – Starring Roseanne Barr as Maggie The Cow  –  2004 – A  Komodo Klawz Production Special – “Maggie the Cow (Roseanne Barr) Does Magic Tricks for 3 Little Pigs”                                     




In 2005, she returned to stand-up comedy with a world tour.





Comedy – Stand Up – Roseanne Barr Live on FOX Nation Official Promo – 2023 – A FOX News Production Special – “Roseanne Barr: Cancel This! – In Her Return To Stand Up”                                                                                    




News & Comedy – HBO Vice News Report – 1998 – A VICE TV Production Special – Roseanne Barr’s Unapologetic Slump Into Conspiracyland”




In February 2006, Barr performed her 1st-ever live dates in Europe as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival in Leicester, England…..when the shows took place at De Montfort Hall…..then she released her 1st children’s DVD, Rockin’ with Roseanne: Calling All Kids, that month.  Barr’s return to the stage culminated in an HBO Comedy Special Roseanne Barr: Blonde N Bitchin’, which aired November 2006, on HBO…..when two nights earlier, Barr had returned to primetime network TV with a guest spot on NBC’s My Name Is Earl…..while playing a crazy trailer park manager.                                                                                 




Comedy – Roseanne Barr Guest Scene from “My Name Is Earl” Sitcom – 2009 – A bosshog3297 Production Special – “Scene When Trailer Court Manager Roseanne Comes Home and Finds Earl in Her Trailer Kitchen”




In April 2007, Barr hosted season three of The Search for the Funniest Mom in America on Nick at Night.  In March 2008, she headlined an act at the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.  From 2009 to 2010, she hosted a politically themed radio show on KPFK.  Since 2008, she and partner Johnny Argent have hosted a weekly radio show on Sundays, on KCAA in the Los Angeles area, called “The Roseanne and Johnny Show”.  On April 15, 2009, Barr made an appearance on Bravo’s 2nd Annual A-List Awards in the opening scenes…..when she played Kathy Griffin’s fairy godmother, granting her wish to be on the A-List for one night only.                                                                              




Talk Shows & Comedy – The Larry King Live Show (Entire Episode) – 2005 – A CNNProduction Special – Larry King Interviews The Original Cast Of “Roseanne” With Roseanne Barr + John Goodman + Sara Gilbert + Alicia Goranson + Michael Fishman – On How The Show Originally Came Together”




In February 2010, Barr headlined the inaugural Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival in a project of the Traverse City Film Festival…..which was founded by filmmaker Michael Moore.  Moore developed the comedy fest with comedian Jeff Garlin.  In 2010, Barr appeared in Jordan Brady’s documentary about stand-up comedy, I Am Comic.





Talk Shows & Comedy – The Larry King Live Show (Entire Episode) – 2005 – A CNNProduction Special – Larry King Interviews The Original Cast Of “Roseanne” With Roseanne Barr + John Goodman + Sara Gilbert + Alicia Goranson + Michael Fishman – On How The Show Originally Came Together”




In January 2011, Barr released her 3rd book, Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm.  In 2011, she appeared in a Super Bowl XLV commercial for Snickers along with comedian Richard Lewis…..which was the most popular ad, based on the number of TiVo users rewinding and watching it over.  On July 13, 2011, Roseanne’s Nuts, a reality show featuring Barr, boyfriend Johnny Argent and son Jake…..as they run a macadamia nut and livestock farm in Big Island, Hawaii which premiered on Lifetime…..but was canceled in September of that year.  In August 2011, it was reported that Barr was working on a new sitcom with 20th Century Fox Television titled Downwardly Mobile…..when Eric Gilliland was attached as co-creator, writer and executive producer…..as Gilliland was also a writer on Roseanne.  In October 2011, NBC picked up the show but later dropped it…..albeit a pilot was filmed…..but initially ended up being shelved by the network…..when  Barr called her progressive politics the sole reason behind the pilot’s rejection…..while saying that she was notified that the show would not be picked up due to its being labeled “too polarizing” by network executives.





Talk Shows & Comedy – Roseanne Barr Live On The Adam Carolla Show – 2023 – An Adam Carolla Production Special – “Adam welcomes comedian extraordinaire Roseanne Barr, where we learn about her unusual upbringing and her unexpected path to comedy…..from a violent father, to a young pregnancy that leads to adoption…..and the unique path forward where years later she ends up one of the highest paid women on television…..as she addresses past scandals and current politics as well”




Barr was roasted by Comedy Central in August 2012…..when after stating that he would not, Barr’s former spouse Tom Arnold appeared on the roast.                   




Comedy – Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr – 2012 – An On Demand Entertainment Production Special – “Roseanne Slams Her Ex-Husband Tom Arnold in Her Comedy Central Roast”




In the summer of 2014 Barr joined Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters as a judge on Last Comic Standing on NBC.  On November 28, 2014, Barr’s series, Momsters: When Moms Go Bad debuted on the Investigation Discovery cable network…..which is a network that she says she’s a “little obsessed with”…..as Barr hosts the show as herself.





Comedy – Official Trailer For NBC’s Last Comic Standing TV Show – 2015 – A TV Insider Production Special – “Featuring Judges Norm Macdonald + Roseanne Barr + Keenen Ivory Wayans + Wanda Sykes + Anthony Jeselnik:  Talking About The Upcoming Show & It’s Contestants”




On March 27, 2018, the revived, 10th season of Roseanne with the original cast premiered on ABC to high ratings.  On March 30, 2018, ABC renewed the series for an 11th season, with thirteen episodes.  On May 29, 2018, the series was canceled by ABC in the aftermath of a tweet widely considered to be racist.  Barr and Tom Werner later came to an agreement on relinquishing her producer’s stake in a spin-off titled The Conners…..which ABC ordered for the fall season soon after.  





News & Comedy – A Guardian News Report On Roseanne Barr’s Tweet About Valerie Jarrett That Ended Her ABC ‘Roseanne’ Career – 2018 – A Guardian News Production Special – “Barr released two videos on her personal YouTube page. She says she thought Valerie Jarrett was white and that her (Barr’s) show was cancelled because she is a Donald Trump supporter and that it is ‘not allowed in Hollywood'”                                                




In September 2022, it was announced that Barr would appear in a new comedy special, titled Cancel This!  It was released on the streaming service Fox Nation on February 13, 2023.  On November 30, 2023, it was announced that Barr would star in an adult animated comedy series for The Daily Wire, titled Mr Birchum…..which is scheduled to debut in early 2024.





Talk Shows & Comedy – Roseanne Barr On Outnumbered with Harris Faulkner – 2023 – A
FOX News
Special Production – “Comedian Roseanne Barr Joins ‘Outnumbered’ to Discuss Her Latest FOX Nation Special ‘Cancel This!’ and Her Fight Against Cancel Culture”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Barr has been married three times and has five children.  In 1970, when she was 17, she had a child, Brandi Ann Brown, whom she placed for adoption; they were later reunited.  On February 4, 1974, Barr married Bill Pentland, a motel clerk she met while in Colorado. They had three children: Jessica, Jennifer, and Jake…..but they divorced on January 16, 1990…..then four days later, on January 20, 1990, Barr married fellow comedian Tom Arnold…..and became known as Roseanne Arnold during the marriage…..as Barr had met Arnold in 1983 in Minneapolis…..where he opened for her stand-up comedy act…..then in 1988, Barr brought Arnold onto her sitcom, Roseanne, as a writer…..however Barr filed for divorce from Arnold on April 18, 1994 in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County…..while citing irreconcilable differences…..and their efforts to have children were unsuccessful.  On February 14, 1995, Barr married Ben Thomas, her one-time personal security guard, at Caesars Tahoe with a reception at Planet Hollywood. In November 1994, she became pregnant through in vitro fertilization and they had a son named Buck…..as the couple stayed together until 2002.  In 2002, Barr met Johnny Argent online after running a writing competition on her blog…..and began dating him in 2003, after a year of phone conversations.  They live on a 46-acre (19-hectare) macadamia nut farm on the Big Island of Hawaii….. which Barr purchased in 2007 for $1.78 million.                                                                                         




Comedy – Roseanne Barr – Mini Documentary – 2021 – A The List Production Special – “Roseanne Barr’s Transformation Is Causing a Stir”




Barr has studied Kabbalah at the Kabbalah Centre and frequently comments on the discipline.  Barr’s sister Geraldine is a lesbian…..and her brother Ben is gay…..which Barr has said that this inspired her to introduce gay characters into her sitcom…..and to support same-sex marriage.  Geraldine worked as Barr’s manager during the early part of her career and clashed with Barr’s 2nd husband, Tom Arnold…..so, she fired Geraldine…..which led Geraldine to file a $70.3 million breach of contract lawsuit in Superior Court of Los Angeles County on December 18, 1991…..when she said Barr promised her half the earnings from the Roseanne show as recompense for helping invent the “domestic goddess” character in 1981…..and for serving as “writer, organizer, accountant, bookkeeper and confidante”…..albeit, since the statute of limitations had expired, the suit was thrown out.  In a 1991 interview with People, Barr described herself as an incest survivor…..while accusing both of her parents of physical and sexual abuse…..with claims which they and Geraldine publicly denied…..as Melvin Belli, her parents’ lawyer, said they had passed a polygraph test “with flying colors”.  Barr was part of an incest recovery group, something she said her parents knew about but for which they were “in denial”.  On February 14, 2011, Barr and Geraldine appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show where Barr admitted the word “incest” could have been the wrong word to use…..and that she should have waited until her therapy was over before revealing the “darkest time” in her life.  She told Oprah Winfrey, “I was in a very unhappy relationship and I was prescribed numerous psychiatric drugs … to deal with the fact that I had some mental illness … I totally lost touch with reality … (and) I didn’t know what the truth was … I just wanted to drop a bomb on my family”…..then she added that not everything was “made up”, saying, “Nobody accuses their parents of abusing them without justification” Geraldine said they had not spoken for 12 years, but had reconciled.                                                                                                                                                                                                              




Comedy & Religion – JewishJournal.com’s Entertainment Blog, “The Ticket” Interviews Roseanne Barr on Her New Book and Life as a Jew – 2011 – A Jewish Journal Production Special – “Roseanne Barr: Talks Judaism + Kabbalah JILFs + Announces Presidential Candidacy + Sings Hatikvah”




In the mid-1990’s, Barr had multiple cosmetic surgeries performed…..to include a breast reduction, tummy tuck and a nose job.  During the late 1990’s, she had gastric bypass surgery…..then in 1994, Roseanne announced that she had dissociative identity disorder caused by childhood abuse…..when she had personalities named Baby, Cindy, Evangelina, Fucker, Heather, Joey, Kevin, Nobody, Somebody, and Susan as well as her main personality, Roseanne.  By 2001, her personalities had mostly fused into one personality after ten years of therapy.  In 2015, Barr revealed she had been diagnosed with both macular degeneration and glaucoma…..and thus was gradually losing her eyesight and expected to eventually go blind.  She consumed medical marijuana to decrease her high intraocular pressure (a feature of the diseases).  Barr later revealed that she was misdiagnosed and that her vision problem is really due to a mole resting behind her eye, which could be corrected through surgery.  In November 2018, Barr was said to have had a heart attack…..but she later stated on social media that she was not experiencing any medical issues…..so, who knows what is real and what is a reflection of her imagination…..especially in a head that was impaled by the hood ornament of the car when she was crossing the street at the age of 16!?!





Talk Shows & Comedy – Roseanne Barr Live on Conan on TBS  – 2016 – A Team Coco Production Special – “Roseanne Barr Tells Conan O’Brien She Is Very Proud Of Her Liposuction As They Took Her Tummy Fat and Put It On Her Butt” 




Barr elicited criticism in July 2009 when she posed as Adolf Hitler in a feature for the satirical Jewish publication Heeb magazine called “That Oven Feelin'”…..as the Nazi theme was a result of her suggestion…..which featured her with a Hitler mustache and swastika arm-band, holding a tray of burnt gingerbread man cookies…..when the article referred to them as “burnt Jew cookies”…..albeit the magazine’s publisher, Josh Neuman, said the photos were taken for satire…..and were not done for shock value…..as Barr, who is Jewish, said she was “making fun of Hitler, not his victims”.  Fox News TV host Bill O’Reilly was highly critical of her for “mocking the Holocaust” and Extra‘s Mario Lopez stated “Come on, Roseanne. Hitler jokes are never funny.”  As a result, the revival of her show in March 2018 caused the photos to resurface on social media…..with renewed mentions of the incident in the Jewish magazine The Forward and the Los Angeles Times, among others.





Talk Shows & News – Roseanne Barr Joins New York Post ‘This Past Weekend’ Host Theo Von – 2023 – A New York Post Production Special – Roseanne Barr Defends ‘Nobody Died in the Holocaust’ Remark As ‘Sarcasm…..and Jewish Groups Outraged”




On August 5, 2011, Barr appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and announced her candidacy for president in the 2012 presidential election, running on the self-created “Green Tea Party” ticket.  Her candidacy called attention to economics, personal health, and meditation.  She also stated she would run for Prime Minister of Israel. In an interview with The Jewish Daily Forward, she invoked tikkun olam in her support of bringing women into politics and religion.  On September 19, she appeared at the Occupy Wall Street protests and spoke in support of the protestors.  “She stated any ‘guilty’ Wall Street bankers should be forced to give up any income over $100 million, and if they are unable to live on that, be sent to re-education camps, and if that doesn’t help be beheaded”.  Barr filed with the Federal Election Commission as a Green Party presidential candidate in January 2012…..and she formally announced her candidacy for the party’s presidential nomination on February 2nd.  On July 14, she came in 2nd in the 2012 Green Party presidential primaries and subsequent convention roll call….. while  losing the nomination to Jill Stein…..when shortly after losing the Green Party nomination, on August 4, 2012, Barr won the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party with activist Cindy Sheehan as her running mate…..but Sheehan immediately had disagreements with Barr’s views on policy, desire to campaign only online, and treatment of Green Party nominee Jill Stein…..thus leading Sheehan to request that her name be taken off the Peace and Freedom Party ticket…..but was told it was too late to have her name removed…..prompting her to announce that she would be leaving the campaign.  Barr appeared on the ballot in California, Colorado, and Florida…..but didn’t appear on the ballot in her home state of Hawaii (which did not allow write-in votes)….. albeit she did received 67,326 votes nationwide, placing 6th overall with 0.05% of the popular vote…..whereas Stein, who appeared on the ballot of thirty-six states and the District of Columbia, placed far ahead of her in 4th place with 0.36% of the popular vote and 469,627 votes.  As a point of interest, Barr was followed by a film crew throughout her entire campaign, with documentarian Eric Weinrib directing, leading to questions about the sincerity of her campaign…..while over 300 hours were filmed and were released as a film called Roseanne for President!  Despite questions of her sincerity regarding her campaign, Barr and her family have insisted her desire to run for president was “very real.”





Comedy & Presidential Candidates – Roseanne Barr Runs For US President On The Green Party Ticket – 2017 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “Roseanne Barr: Roseanne Barr for US President 2012”                                                                                                                                                              




Comedy & Presidential Candidates – A CNN Live News Room Special Interview With Roseanne Barr – 2012 – A RoseanneForPresident Production Special – “Roseanne Barr:  Discusses Her Campaign for President of these United States of America on CNN”




On May 29, 2018, Barr responded to a thread on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to former President Obama.  It reads “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj”…..when the tweet was widely criticized as being racist about Jarrett (“vj”).  Barr was initially defensive…..to which she later posted an apology “for making a bad joke about [Jarrett’s] politics and her looks.”…..when she disputed allegations of racism…..and tweeting that she believed Jarrett was Saudi, Jewish, and Persian…..and released a video where she claimed she “thought the bitch was white”…..and that she was being labelled a racist for having voted for Donald Trump…..plus, Barr also said she made the tweet, which she called wrong and indefensible, at 2:00 am while on Ambien, a sedative…..when  Sanofi, which manufactures Ambien, responded by tweeting that “racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication”…..albeit. the drug was linked to reduced inhibitions.  Later that day, ABC canceled Roseanne and removed the show’s content from the network website…..then re-runs of the original Roseanne were also removed from the Katz Broadcasting-owned diginet Laff…..with the cancelation announcement from ABC president Channing Dungey, the 1st African-American woman to head the network, called Barr’s remark “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”…..however, within three weeks, the television show was revived as spinoff The Conners…..with mostly the same cast and crew, except for Barr.  In a later interview with Sean Hannity, Barr said that her tweet was intended to be a political statement rather than a racial one…..while stating that she was unaware that Jarrett was black when she made her tweet, due to her light skin, having thought she was white.





News & Comedy – ABC Nightline News Report – 2019 – An ABC News Production Special – “‘Roseanne’ Canceled After Roseanne Barr’s Supposed Racist Tweet By The Cancel Culture”                                                          




Talk Shows & Comedy – Roseanne Barr On The Fallen State with Jesse Lee Peterson – 2020 – A
The Fallen State
Special Production – “Roseanne Barr:  O
n Betrayal of “Roseanne” Cast & Shocking Mistreatment by Network for Tweet”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    



Talk Shows & Comedy – Jimmy Kimmel Live With Guest John Goodman – 2019 – A Jimmy Kimmel Live Production Special – “John Goodman: Reveals Difficulty After Roseanne Departure And Her Show Became “The Connors””




In 2023, Barr appeared on Theo Von’s podcast This Past Weekend…..where she and Von discussed former President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud, and she said, “that’s all a lie, the election was not rigged […] thirty-six counties have 81 million people in them. That’s the truth and don’t you dare say anything against it or you’ll be off YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and all the other ones. Because there’s such a thing as the truth and facts and we have to stick to it.”  She then appeared to deny the Holocaust, declaring, “six million Jews should die right now, because they cause all the problems in the world”, in what she said was sarcasm…..and within the same podcast, she discussed her Jewish faith…..and in response to Von’s comment that “Hollywood is a Jewish business”, her response was, “people should be glad that it’s Jewish, too, because if Jews were not controlling Hollywood all you’d have was fucking fishing shows” The segment in which she talked about the Holocaust was subsequently spread on Twitter…..albeit a bit misleadingly edited to remove the context which made it clear that her remarks were sarcastic, sparking controversy.  Twitter subsequently added a “context” message to the tweet containing the edited video…..which states, “this is a deceptively edited clip from a comedy podcast. Roseanne is Jewish, and this was part of a satirical rant about censorship on YouTube. She was not actually denying the Holocaust, or wishing death upon Jews.”…..and in response to the controversy over her remarks, she stated that she had lost family members in the Holocaust, clarifying, “I was raised in an apartment building with Holocaust survivors, so of course I don’t believe the Holocaust never happened and I actually am [a religious Jew]” Jonathan Greenblatt, Director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), tweeted in response to the clip, “sarcasm or not, Roseanne Barr’s comments about Jews and the Holocaust are reprehensible and irresponsible.  This isn’t funny.”  The Simon Wiesenthal Center reviewed the interview and concluded that she had been taken out of context….as the podcast episode was subsequently removed from YouTube for violating the site’s hate speech policies.





 News & Comedy – FOX News Hannity Interviews Roseanne Barr – 2018 – A FOX News Production Special – “Roseanne Barr Sits Down for an Interview on ‘Hannity’ – Her First on TV Since Being Fired From the ‘Roseanne’ Reboot”



Barr voiced her support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a June 2016…..when in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said,  “I think we would be so lucky if Trump won. Because then it wouldn’t be Hillary.”  In May 2018, Barr defended her support for Trump on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon



Talk Shows & Comedy – The Roseanne Show Podcast With Guest Rudi Giuliani – 2023 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani joins Roseanne to Talk About Trump’s Many Court Cases + Covers the Mass Election Fraud of 2020 + Blows the Lid on Joe Biden’s Lifelong Corruption + His Onset Dementia + His Incredible Stupidity…..While Revealing that Rudy has Worked Alongside Joe Biden Since Their Early Days in Government + Even Helped Co-Author the 1994 Crime Bill with Joe Biden…..as  Rudy Blows the Lid on Some Shocking Stories About the “Big Guy” and His Sordid Past”











Ruth Patchett


Look Who’s Talking Too

Julie (voice)

Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress


Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

Childless Woman


Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Madame Zoe


Blue in the Face



Meet Wally Sparks



Cecil B. Demented



Joe Dirt

Joe Dirt’s Mother

Scenes deleted, replaced by Caroline Aaron in the final film


Home on the Range

Maggie (voice)


Master of the Good Name

Grandma Ruth

Co-starring Mayim Bialik


Roseanne for President!


Documentary about her 2012 presidential campaign


Movie & Comedy – Official Trailer for the Movie Blue In The Face” – 1995 – A Miramax Production Special – Starring Harvey Keitel + Madonna + Michael J. Fox + Lilly Tomlin + Roseanne Barr et al                                           







Rodney Dangerfield: It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me


HBO special

1988–97; 2018


Roseanne Harris-Conner

Producer 1990–1991

Co-executive producer 1991–1992

Executive producer 1992–1997

Directed two episodes in 1995 and 1996


Little Rosey

Executive producer

13 episodes


Backfield in Motion

Nancy Seavers

TV movie (also executive producer)


A Different World

Looting Wife (uncredited)

1 episode


The Rosey and Buddy Show

Rosey (voice)

TV movie (also creator, writer, and executive producer)


The Jackie Thomas Show


2 episodes (executive producer – 18 episodes)


The Woman Who Loved Elvis

Joyce Jackson

TV movie (also executive producer)


The Larry Sanders Show


3 episodes


General Hospital

Jennifer Smith

1 episode


Women of the House


1 episode


3rd Rock from the Sun


2 episodes


The Nanny

Cousin Sheila

1 episode


My Name Is Earl

Millie Banks

1 episode


Downwardly Mobile

Rose Davis

Unsold pilot co-starring John Goodman (also creator and executive producer)



Interim Mayor/The New Mayor

2 episodes


The Office

Carla Fern

2 episodes


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Kraang Prime

6 episodes


The Millers


1 episode




2 episodes

Movie & Comedy – Official Trailer for the Made-For-TV Movie Backfield In Motion” – 1991 – A Multicom Entertainment Production Special – Starring Roseanne Barr + Tom Arnold + Johnny Gelacki                                          







Roseanne Barr Live from Trump Castle

Herself (also writer, director, and executive producer)

HBO comedy special


MTV Video Music Awards


First female host


Saturday Night Special


6 episodes


The Roseanne Show

Host (also executive producer)


The Real Roseanne Show

Host (also executive producer)

2 episodes (+11 unaired)


Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin

Herself (also writer and executive producer)

HBO comedy special


The Tipping Point

Host (also creator and executive producer)

Unsold political talk show pilot


Roseanne’s Nuts

Herself (also executive producer)


Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne



Last Comic Standing


19 episodes

Momsters: When Moms Go Bad


7 episodes


The Roseanne Barr Podcast


29 episodes as of January 7, 2024

Talk Shows & Comedy – The Roseanne Show Podcast With Guest Kash Patel – 2023 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “Few Americans Have Done More to Save this Country than Kash Patel…..as He Talks About Trump Winning Iowa + What It’s Like To Be a Target of the corrupt Biden DOJ + How to Defeat the Deep State”                                                                                                                                                                                   




Talk Shows & Comedy – The Roseanne Show Podcast With Guest Tom MacDonald – 2023 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “With 45 #1 Billboard Hits, Tom MacDonald Is One of the Most Successful Independent Artists of all Time…..While This Emotional Installment Delves Into the Struggle to Rise from Obscurity to Fame…..As Both Roseanne and Tom MacDonald Have Overcome Mental Illness and Poverty to Reach the Highest Levels of Success…..for This Episode Features Two of the Best Examples of the American Dream Ever Recorded”                                                                                                                                               




Talk Shows & Comedy – The Roseanne Show Podcast With Guest AnOmaly – 2023 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “Roseanne is Joined by An0maly (@dreamrare) To Discuss the Causes of the Maui Fires (Global Warming or DEW’s) + Roseanne and An0maly Debate Trump vs. DeSantis + An0maly Defends Himself Against the Accusations that He is Anti-Semitic”

Roseanne Barr has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the north side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard.  For a really wonderful look into the person who Roseanne Barr really is…..cuz she is not what she has been made out to be by the media for many years….and the video below really presents a really fair image of who she really is…..along with her vast intellect…..for this is a woman of great wisdom…..who lives in the light and believes in goodness.                                                                                                                              




Talk Show & Comedy – The Roseanne Barr Podcast – 2024 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “Roseanne & Son Jake Interview Special Guest Tucker Carlson”Two Bonafide American Legends and Notorious Truth-Tellers Join Forces in an Illuminating Episode – As Tucker Drops Bombs About Julian Assange’s Arrest + Attempted Murder by Trump Appointee Mike Pompeo + The CIA’s Complicity in the Assassination of JFK + How the Manifesto of the Unabomber was Prophetic




As this post nears the point of bringing it to a conclusion…..it must be said that during the process of researching Roseanne Barr’s life and times…..while viewing and choosing the best videos for her story…..for my opinion of her has done a complete 360…..and gone full circle in its change…..not just because of her legendary success as a stand-up comedian…..while being ranked in the top 3 females ever…..along with her incredibly successful 10 years of the sitcom Roseanne being a national treasure as we enter year 2024.  “Roseanne” the show was one of the few brilliant sitcoms of the 20th Century…..for it was flat out hilarious (especially in its 1st six years)….. while it was also heartwarming at the same time.  It is ironic to me that the cast members who owe her their careers were the 1st ones to throw her under the bus when the scourge of cancel culture paid her a visit…..while they couldn’t run fast enough…..and she made them all millionaires (that’s what we a ImaSportPhile.com call protecting your ass)…..so much for loyalty.  The truth be told…..and what is obvious after seeing the videos throughout this post herewith…..as they sometimes reveal that the actual human being that Roseanne was and is…..certainly was more than a handful at times…..you think!?!…..but her show in which she was its creative leading force…..will be delighting audiences for the next hundred years.  We just want to know why the people who worked with her for years and years and years…..who after her tweets, just threw her under the bus…..which is pure and simple “cancel culture”…..cuz every dang one of them knew she spent a year in the Utah state mental hospital after being impaled by a car hood ornament while crossing the street at age 16…..and she hadn’t exhibited that racist behavior earlier…..or else they never would have worked with her in the 1st place.  So, why was their reaction anger and righteous indignation…..and not concern and alarm for Roseanne…..but the truth is “power and money” pays extremely well and is known to affect human vision.  During the initial run of Roseanne, the series remained in the top four for six of the nine seasons…..and in the top 20 for eight…..which is an incredible record…..plus, during the short-lived revival, the series reached # 3…..with an average of 18 million viewers per episode within the span of its nine episodes.  In 1993, the episode “A Stash from the Past” was ranked # 21 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time.  In 2002, Roseanne was ranked # 35 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.  In 2013, it was ranked # 32 on TV Guide’s 60 Best Series of All Time…..which is quite a record that puts Roseanne Barr in the upper echelon of in the history of comedy on television…..but for me, no matter what the video that I was watching while choosing videos for this post of her life’s story…..all I can say is Dang Roseanne never stops being funny…..as she even made hilarious crazy screwups.   Truthfully, I have a new found admiration for you and your humor…..whereby, it reflects what America is going through right now…..so, never blame your fall on mental illness…..cuz you saw, you warned and you had the right to say the things you said…..but the trouble is, it is money that makes powerful men…..and Roseanne didn’t like that very much.   The truth is that Roseanne Barr is in addition to being a comedic genius and legend…..along with being an incredibly creative artistic master…..as well as being a very well versed learned intellectual…..who has spent a long life-time full of voracious reading…..with the ability to speak intelligently on dang near any subject…..and you may not like what she has to say…..albeit is probably true…..but she never bowed down…..and still lives with an indominable spirit like the “Unsinkable Molly Brown…..with an opinion that nobody has ever been able to dominate, regardless of how many times major “power brokers” in Hollywood and the US have continuously tried to silence…..but she continued to get back up after being knocked down.  Thank you for being you…..cuz we gotta give it to you Roseanne…..Mam, you got a lot of cojones (balls) evidenced by you never giving in to the powers that be…..for just like your determination that got you passed your mental changes and subsequent challenges, it just didn’t matter because you became an incredible intellect to go along with your incredible talent and mind…..so we applaud you and say….. “KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON” Dear Lady…..as we at ImaSportsPhile hope you keep with us and going for a long time from now. 




Talk Show & Comedy – The Roseanne Barr Podcast – 2024 – A Roseanne Barr Production Special – “Roseanne Interviews Special Guest Comedian J P Sears “Roseanne Barr and JP Sears Discussing the Philosophy of Comedy…..How Lucky Are We To Have Such Amazing Defenders of Freedom!



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