Comedy superstar, award-winning actress, best-selling author, 2012 presidential candidate and the original domestic goddess Roseanne Barr continues to amaze. After 9 years, 224 episodes, 4 Emmy awards, and countless other accolades, you couldn’t blame Roseanne if she wanted to quietly slip away, able to take solace in the fact she single-handedly re-landscaped the medium of situational comedy forever. The NY Times said that “her greatest asset is her gravitational pull, a force that enchants while holding things, and people, at a comfortable distance. It is the power of a whole planet, pulling everything around it inexorably into its orbit.”
Her creation and stark portrayal of “Roseanne Conner” and the Conner family on ABC’s Roseanne has been hailed as “the most ground breaking kitchen-sink sitcom since All in the Family, (Entertainment Weekly)” adding, “she’s the funniest disturber of peace that we have.”
She began her career as a stand-up comedian, turning her experiences as a wife and mother into a hilarious comedy act that audiences couldn’t resist. She subsequently produced and starred on her own hit sitcom, “Roseanne,” which ran for nine seasons and averaged a staggering 30 million viewers each week. The role earned Barr an Emmy Award as well as Golden Globe, the prestigious Peabody Award, Kids’ Choice and multiple American Comedy Awards.
Barr also had her own talk show, “The Roseanne Show,” which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination as outstanding talk show host. Her big screen credits include “She Devil,” “Freddy’s Dead,” “Blue in the Face” and “Meet Wally Sparks,” and she also voiced characters in “Look Who’s Talking Too” and “Home on the Range.” She has written three books: “Roseanne: My Life as a Woman,” “My Lives” and most recently, “Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm.” The Lifetime series “Roseanne’s Nuts,” which she also executive-produced, followed Barr as she ran a nut farm in Hawaii.
In 2014, Roseanne became the center judge on NBC’s long running series “Last Comic Standing”, produced by Wanda Sykes. Roseanne is also the subject of a new Sundance Films documentary that chronicles her 2012 presidential campaign. The film – ROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT! – was directed by longtime Michael Moore collaborator Eric Weinrib and says big things about how the system works by highlighting how it doesn’t and poking vicious fun at big party politics along the way.
At Full Moon and High Tide Studio (FMHT), Barr’s family-run production company, she is currently spearheading numerous projects. The studio produced her first DVD for children, titled “Rockin’ with Roseanne: Calling All Kids!” which was inspired by Barr’s grandchildren. FMHT has produced original programming for VH1, Discovery ID, and also produced her 4th HBO comedy special “Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin'” as well as numerous videos for Roseanne’s YouTube channel.
A titan in the world of stand-up comedy, Roseanne returned to her love for live performance, touring select cities around the country. In addition to making people laugh, Roseanne continues to be “a voice for the voiceless”. Whether it is fighting the BDS movement in Israel, thwarting GMO efforts on the Big Island in Hawaii, aiding the Native American families of Pine Ridge, or advocating for the legalization of marijuana, Roseanne’s activism is unwavering.