How could Two and A Half Men
be popular (#1 sitcom) and The Roseanne TV show remain off the air? Roseanne Cherie Barr
(born November 3, 1952) answers this question in New York Magazine
“Nothing real or truthful makes its way to TV unless you are smart and know how to sneak it in, and I would tell you how I did it, but then I would have to kill you. Based on Two and a Half Men’s success, it seems viewers now prefer their comedy dumb and sexist. Charlie Sheen was the world’s most famous john, and a sitcom was written around him. That just says it all. Doing tons of drugs, smacking prostitutes around, holding a knife up to the head of your wife—sure, that sounds like a dream come true for so many guys out there, but that doesn’t make it right! People do what they can get away with (or figure they can), and Sheen is, in fact, a product of what we call politely the “culture.” Where I can relate to the Charlie stuff is his undisguised contempt for certain people in his work environment and his unwillingness to play a role that’s expected of him on his own time.
“But, again, I’m not bitter. I’m really not. The fact that my fans have thanked and encouraged me for doing what I used to get in trouble for doing (shooting my big mouth off) has been very healing. And somewhere along the way, I realized that TV and our culture had changed because of a woman named Roseanne Conner, whom I am honored to have written jokes for….”
Read more here under the New Yorker Essay called: AND I SHOULD KNOW
Award-Winning author, Feminist/Working Class Comic and TV icon, Rosanne Barr
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Barr now lives in Hawaii, where she farms macadamia nuts. She has a new book, Roseannearchy (Gallery; $26), and will return to TV in Roseanne’s Nuts
, a Lifetime reality show.
To wit (according to Wikipedia): Besides being a best-selling author, actress, comedian, TV producer and Director, Roseanne Barr is a Macadamia Nut mogul in Hawaii. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy at clubs in Colorado in the 1980s. Her big break came in 1987 when she was cast in her own sitcom, Roseanne
. The show was a hit and lasted nine seasons, from 1988 to 1997. Barr won both an Emmy Award
and a Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress for her work on the show. In addition, she has won six People’s Choice Awards
, three American Comedy Awards
, a Kids Choice Award
, a GLAAD Media Award
, and the TV Land Innovator Award
. Barr starred in the film She-Devil
(1989) and had a voice role in Look Who’s Talking Too
(1991). In 2004, she voiced one of the main characters in the animated film ”Home on the Range
. After her sitcom ended, Barr launched her own talk show, The Roseanne Show
, which aired from 1998 to 2000. She later returned to stand-up in the mid-2000s.