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Twenty years after she burst into America's collective consciousness, Roseanne Barr is still slinging comedic arrows at society's sacred cows. In her fourth HBO stand-up comedy special, the Emmy(R)-winning actress/comedienne takes aim at everything from old men taking Viagra to Vice President Dick Cheney. Taped before a live audience at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles, the now-blonde Barr shows she's lost none of her candid, self-effacing, outspoken verve as she probes such topics as growing up Jewish in Salt Lake City, working 'in a cement box' on her TV series 'Roseanne,' and her disdain for the diet industry, the President, religious fanatics and more.

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    • Author: Benn
    There was a time Roseanne was fresh, new and funny. She had a unique point of view -- that of a middle class, bored, angry housewife. And that point of view is what enabled a network to build a show around her comedy. I happened open this latest Roseanne venture and was shocked. What happened to her talent? Seriously, how can you slip that much? I don't know what has happened to her. If this is any indication of her act...wow. Boy has her comedy gone downhill. There is not a smart joke. Nothing is humor. It is all bitter spewing of anger. There was a time her bitterness was funny. Sorry no longer funny. Watching this is like listening to a foul mouthed friend complain too long. While she has not lost her edge -- she has lost her sense of humor. I find that sad. Even if you WERE a Roseanne fan at one time, this mess will not bring you back into her fan base. Just really too bad. There was a time that Roseanne was a brilliant comic. That time has passed.
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    • Author: Samugor
    The reason I love this is that Roseanne is so brave. Is she bitter? Heck yeah! But she hasn't given in to that or to fear. (As displayed by her song and dance routine.) Very inspiring! I think I laughed loudest however when she said "we grew up poor...but we didn't know we were poor...because we were also very stupid." Just good comedy there. Before she ever started her joke about the personal ad she was thinking about putting in the paper, I said to my husband "The reason I like her is because she seems she could just snap at any second." I think we can all relate to that. The only thing weird about the whole thing is that I don't feel the audience thought it was as funny as I did, but maybe that was just bad editing.
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    • Author: Thiama
    Roseanne's show was such a riot. We have watched this three or four times until I thought I was done with it and deleted it. Now I regret that - I would love to see it again. I loved her ending song to "My Way" and her "gift of prophecy" section. She showed vulnerability, craziness and a lot of humor, along with a mouth. She has got a MOUTH on her! Her distinct personality and charisma were shining throughout the show. This set was fearless and very funny. If you missed it on HBO, check it out on DVD. It was great to see her back on stage, with all the energy of a live performance. She is not afraid to reveal all of her faults along with the strengths and find humor and crankiness in it all.
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    • Author: Humin
    OK, Well, their ant a hole hell of a lot of people who would talk like this to there friends little own to the public on a stage. She is too real; as she speaks about politics and human condition here on Earth, with the emotion we want out of are politician. She talks to the hippie generation on the B.S they have created. What can you do to change the world? She shows us how to get up and get out there, and she doses it on stage. How hard it can be for us, she doses it proud and loud she hits it with her over the fence. She show there's nothing to fear but fear it self. Don't fear it's too hard. It's not that tuff to get out there and make a Difference. U go girl!
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    • Author: Shakar
    I stayed up to catch "Roseanne: Blonde and Bitchin'" because its been so long since she's been on the stand-up circuit and I remember her being so hilarious in the '80s. Then, it dawned on me...the 80's were 20 years ago, and time had stood still...not in a good way, either.

    As someone stated in another post, she was cutting edge in her day. The years have not been kind to her humor...the jokes fall completely flat. Even the live audience seemed sort of ho-hum about the entire act. She goes on and on about being a mom, being divorced, being fat, hating the president, hating the war--blah, dee, blah, dee, blah, blah, blah. She covers topics like getting old, dying her hair, dating after divorce, torturing her children--we've heard it all before from countless comediennes, but, funnier, sad to say. Then, she starts bashing men, and I actually cringed when I heard her use the same joke from 20 years ago about the male mind and road maps. It's like she stepped out of a time capsule.

    When she started talking to audience members, I knew she was picking up on the fact that she was tanking. The "old" Roseanne would never have had to have lowered herself to audience interaction for a laugh. Then, following in the footsteps of Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers, she immediately played to the gays. Unlike Griffin and Rivers, there weren't that many in the house...bad sign.

    If you're looking for laughs, watch vintage Roseanne. It's still may not be as time relevant as it once was, but, it's much easier to take than 2006 Roseanne's feeble attempt to recapture stand-up success.
  • Credited cast:
    Roseanne Barr Roseanne Barr - Herself
    Jackie Beat Jackie Beat - Jackie
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