TORONTO’S COMEDY FESTIVAL
Why Roseanne Barr?
Because she’s a comedy superstar, an award winning actress and a best-selling author
Because she spent 9 years (and 224 episodes) making us laugh weekly on the Emmy award winning sitcom, Roseanne Because she’s gives great constructive criticism to comedians as a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing
Boy George, Roseanne Barr and More Lead Tributes to Alexis Arquette
Condolences are pouring in following the death of Alexis Arquette, who passed away Sunday morning at age 47, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Arquette, born Robert Arquette, worked as an actress since age 12, earning roles in the Bride of Chucky, The Wedding Singer, Of Mice and Men and more.
Celebrities who worked with Arquette over the years are sending their remembrances.
“Alexis was a one of a kind genius, who appeared on my sitcom and on the Roseanne talk show,” Roseanne Barr tells PEOPLE. “Alexis was a brilliant and hilarious talent and will be deeply missed. My sincerest sympathy to the Arquette family and to all the fans who loved and admired Alexis.”
Roseanne Barr is still living life according to her own rules
Roseanne Barr, who rose to fame in the late 1980’s with the groundbreaking ABC sitcom Roseanne, is currently touring Canada with her standup comedy act. The 63-year-old Barr, who ran for president of the United States in 2012, recently spoke with Postmedia’s Jeff DeDekker about comedy, television and politics.
Q: Is the standup easier for you now than it was when you first started out?
A: “No, it’s the same. It’s, you know, fun. It’s a riot.”
Q: We’re living in times of political correctness. Does that make the job of a standup comedian more difficult?
A: “Not really. I think it makes it better, especially if you already have an audience and they expect you to be somebody who doesn’t hold back. It’s been good for me.”
Q: You have a reputation as someone who speaks her mind without using a filter. Is that a fair assessment?
A: “Yes, I think they like me to break the rules. They’re used to it.”
Roseanne Barr knows exactly how to get a good laugh
When it comes to comedy, Roseanne Barr has it all figured out.
Barr, who rose to fame in the late 1980s as the creator and star of the ABC sitcom Roseanne, began her show business career as a standup comedian, a talent that she has honed and refined into a sensational act.
The 63-year-old brought her Canadian tour to the Casino Regina Show Lounge on Saturday night and she was everything the crowd was expecting. Barr’s comedic persona is loud, abrasive, opinionated and profane and she was all of that and more during her 80-minute set.
Sharing Barr’s humour in a review, however, is a monumental challenge given its R-rated nature. F-bombs were flying freely and sexual humour was described in the most intimate of details. There were some moments and subjects that can be repeated so let’s focus on those.
She spoke candidly on society’s displeasure with fat shaming. Having lost a noticeable amount of weight in recent years, Barr shared a tip for people looking to drop a few pounds.
“Eat all your meals in front of a mirror in the nude,” she suggested with a sly grin. “But some fancy restaurants don’t like when you do that.”