The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne

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  • TV-MA
  • 2012
  • 1 hr 10 min
  • 6.9  (1,320)

The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne is a television special that aired in August 2012. It was a roast of the controversial comedian and actress Roseanne Barr, who was a pioneer in the world of television in the 80s and 90s for her work on the hit show "Roseanne." The Roast was hosted by the actress and comedian Jane Lynch and featured a panel of comedians and celebrities roasting Roseanne.

The special opened with a clip that highlighted some of Roseanne's most memorable moments in her career, including clips from the "Roseanne" show, her stand-up comedy, and her short-lived talk show. Following the opening, Jane Lynch took the stage to introduce the panel of Roasters, which included the likes of Katey Sagal, Carrie Fisher, Gilbert Gottfried, Ellen Barkin, and Jeff Ross, amongst others.

The Roast kicked off with a bit of good-natured ribbing, with each of the Roasters taking turns cracking jokes at Roseanne's expense. Jokes ranged from jabs at her weight and love life to references to her infamous rendition of the National Anthem at a baseball game years earlier. The Roasters pulled no punches, with several making jokes that could be seen as rather controversial, even by Roast standards.

Throughout the Roast, Roseanne was a good sport and laughed along with most of the jokes directed at her, even those which were particularly cutting. She even took a few jabs at herself, referencing her own failed marriages and struggles with drug addiction.

Throughout the course of the Roast, several guests joined in either in person or via pre-recorded video. One of the most memorable guest appearances was that of Tom Arnold, Roseanne's ex-husband and co-star on the "Roseanne" show. Arnold's appearance drew a mixed reaction from the audience, with some clearly happy to see him and others looking uncomfortable.

Another memorable guest appearance was from comedian Wayne Brady, who was challenged by Roseanne to perform an impromptu rap on the spot. Brady rose to the occasion and delivered a hilarious freestyle that brought the audience to their feet.

As the Roast reached its climactic moments, Roseanne took to the stage to offer a few words of her own. In a heartfelt speech, she thanked each of the Roasters for their contributions and expressed some genuine emotions about her life and career. She also took a moment to thank her fans, who she credited as being her motivation to continue doing what she loves.

Overall, The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne is a hilarious and entertaining television special that shows the comedian and actress in a new light. While she has always been known for her edgy humor, this Roast allowed us to see Roseanne as a person, vulnerable and human, who is capable of laughing at herself and taking a joke. The Roast is a testament to the enduring popularity of Roseanne Barr and a fitting tribute to one of television's most groundbreaking performers.

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    6.9  (1,320)