Roseanne Barr didn’t go down quietly. As you may recall, over the summer, the comedian, actress, and TV legend found the revival of her classic show Roseanne cancelled after a tweet she made in which she compared a black woman to an ape. During the fall-out, she was quick to go on the likes of Hannity, and to slam ABC for what they did next: taking the remaining cast and crew and launching the spin-off The Connors. Its maiden episode found them killing off “Granny Rose.”
You wouldn’t expect someone as volatile as Barr to calm down in the ensuing half-a-year. And she hasn’t. As per Deadline, she made a surprise stand-up appearance on March 16 at the Laugh Factory Las Vegas, introduced by her close friend of “about 33 years,” Andrew Dice Clay.
Clay — apparently feeling pretty ballsy after having earned the most goodwill of his career for playing Lady Gaga’s lovable dad in A Star is Born — introduced his surprise guest, saying, “There haven’t been many as controversial, as outspoken or as f—kin’ funny. Let’s hear it for Roseanne Barr!”
Barr then came out for a brief appearance, making grim jokes about where her head has been since last summer. “When you get fired, you get real suicidal. But I’d never kill myself because that would make too many f*ckin’ people happy,” Barr joked. “And I’m not about making people happy.”
She then read an open letter to her former network. “When you asked me back to once again bail out your s*it f*ckin’ low-rated network, I did so with the same vigor I’ve always rocked, and I delivered you the highest ratings that you ever had in ten f*ckin’ years,” she said to applause. “At the first sign of controversy you killed me off with a drug overdose. But you know what? I ain’t dead, b*tches.”
Then she and Clay danced to swing music.
You can watch an edited cut of the video here, or you can simply watch Clay’s intro, which he posted on his Instagram.
The crowd ate Barr’s routine up, just as crowds have eaten up surprise stand-up acts by also “cancelled” comic Louis C.K. Whether this marks the beginning of Barr’s second (or third?) act in life remains up in the air, but at least she’s not once again airing her grievances on Fox News.