Roseanne Barr is returning to ABC. The comedian has landed a guest-starring role on the network’s new comedy Cristela, EW has learned exclusively.
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Wannabe comedy stars looking to make it big via NBC’s Last Comic Standing are going to have to win over a few icons first.
Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans will serve as celebrity judges on the eighth season of the reality competition, set to premiere May 22 at 9 p.m. ET. International comic superstar Russell Peters will join them at the judges’ table, while J.B. Smoove has been tapped as host. Wanda Sykes will serve as an executive producer on the season’s 13 one-hour episodes.
After a four-year hiatus, Last Comic Standing returns to NBC with a new format, too. The season will open with invitation-only auditions. A pool of 100 comics will be whittled down to 20; those contestants will compete in semifinal rounds. The Top 10 will move into “challenge rounds,” which will test the competitors’ sketch, improv and stand-up skills, as well as their ability to work both alone and in teams.
Roseanne Barr is at it again.
Here, “it” refers to a long, vitriolic Twitter rant directed at someone from the comedian’s past. Back in July, ex-husband Tom Arnold was the focus of Roseanne’s wrath. Yesterday, she turned to a trifecta of targets: Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men, and Chuck Lorre, the CBS sitcom’s creator — who got his big break when he was hired as a supervising producer on Barr’s ’90s hit Roseanne.
On Friday, Barr discovered that Thursday’s episode of Men featured Kutcher delivering a raunchy joke about being 91 years old: “I’d imagine that you’re wet in the places you used to be dry, and dry in the places you used to be wet.” The line is similar to one Barr has been telling since at least 2006, though in her case, it refers to the effects of menopause: “I’m wet where I’m supposed to be dry and dry where I’m supposed to be wet.”
Roseanne Barr is dropping into NBC’s The Office.
The network said Barr will guest star as a talent agent named Carla Fern in scenes set to tape Wednesday. The agent agrees to help office manager Andy Barnard realize his show business dream. Series regular Ed Helms plays Andy.
Barr is taking a break from her stand-up comedy act in Las Vegas for The Office visit. The workplace comedy is in its final season, and producer Greg Daniels has promised a memorable end after nine years.
The Office, adapted from the British series of the same name, ranks among NBC’s most popular shows. Barr knows something about bringing a long-running hit to an end: Her sitcom Roseanne aired from 1988 to 1997.
Roseanne Barr may have fallen short in her bid to become the next President of the United States, but on IFC’s sketch series Portlandia, the comedienne will serve as the city’s highest-ranking public official — at least briefly. “The mayor of Portland (Kyle MacLachlan) disappears, and through a temp agency, she fills in as mayor,” teases series co-creator/star Fred Armisen of her two-episode stint, which airs on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. “She does things in the most efficient way. Because the character didn’t grow up in Portland, she doesn’t have the same understanding of how things go. She’s more like, ‘Look, this is a city, so we have to do those things that cities do.’ We wanted an outsider to come in and say, ‘What is this place?’” READ FULL STORY
The Pacific Northwest is about to receive a healthy influx of talent from Hollywood. Season 3 of Portlandia, IFC’s quirky sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will feature guest spots by Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Armisen’s SNL castmates Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, J Mascis, Dirty Projectors, and, yes, tennis legend Martina Navratilova. READ FULL STORY
Comedian Jeffrey Ross aimed to offend at this weekend’s taping of the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne, but the network has decided to cut his most controversial joke from the airing of the show, EW confirms.
Ross used last month’s shooting in Aurora, Colo. as comic fodder during his time at the podium, comparing red-headed fellow roaster Seth Green to accused shooter James Holmes, then adding, “I’m kidding! You’re not like James Holmes. At least he’s doing something in a movie theater that people remember.” READ FULL STORY
Comedy Central’s taping of the Roast of Roseanne on Saturday night was a relatively tame affair – except for the appearance by the self-proclaimed king of roasts, Jeffrey Ross.
The comedian, who has now appeared in 10 of Comedy Central’s roasts and who is currently the Roastmaster General at the New York Friar’s Club, clearly stepped into the Hollywood Palladium with intent to push the envelope on Saturday, and if the audience’s reaction is any indication, he succeeded. READ FULL STORY
On The Late Show with David Letterman last month, Roseanne Barr said of her upcoming roast that hosting network Comedy Central “told me they’re trying to do a whole new classy thing like the old Dean Martin roasts.” EW was on the scene for the taping of the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Saturday night at the Hollywood Palladium, and while it might be a bit of a stretch to label it “classy,” with one notable exception, the event was definitely tamer than more recent roasts. (It’s set to air on Sunday, Aug. 12.)
The network’s last roast was for Charlie Sheen, who was fresh off of his Unforgettable Meltdown of 2011. It is a tough act to follow. During Barr’s rebuttal at the end of her roast, she pointed out that Comedy Central, who invited her to an event in her honor, needed to “get a f—ing dictionary and look up the word ‘honor.’” But her roast was probably the closest a roast can be to feeling like a true honor. READ FULL STORY
When Roseanne Barr is toasted and roasted on Comedy Central, Sharon Stone and Carrie Fisher will be among those firing up the grill, EW has learned. The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne will also feature Katey Sagal and Seth Green on the dais, along with a wrecking crew of comics such as Jeffrey Ross, Amy Schumer, and Anthony Jeselnik. (Sorry, kids, no Tom Arnold.)
More names are expected to added this week. Jane Lynch has previously been announced as the roast master for the ceremony honoring the comedienne/actress/unsuccessful Green Party presidential candidate that will be filmed on Aug. 4 and air on Aug. 12.
The last celebrity to be roasted on Comedy Central was Charlie Sheen, whose Sept. 2011 spectacle drew 6.4 million viewers, making it the network’s second most watched telecast ever.
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