Roseanne's Comedy Central Roast: Sharon Stone, Katey Sagal among celebrity roasters
Sharon Stone and "Married With Children" star Katey Sagal are among the celebrities set to make fun of Roseanne Barr on the outspoken comedienne and actress' upcoming Comedy Central Roast, the cable network has revealed.
The special airs on Sunday, August 12, at 10 p.m. ET and will be taped eight days prior, on the 4th of the month, at the Hollywood Palladium. The names of the celebrity roasters were released on Monday. Aside from Stone and Sagal, the roster of actors includes Seth Green of the "Austin Powers" movies and animated shows such as "Family Guy" and Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in "Star Wars."
Stone, known best for her sexy roles in movies such as "Basic Instinct," appeared on two episodes of Barr's hit comedy show "Roseanne" - once playing herself and once playing a resident of a trailer park. Fisher co-wrote the third-to-final episode of the series, which ended its run in 1997 after nine seasons.
Sagal, like Barr, played a family matriarch on the sitcom "Married With Children." Her character, Peggy, was the wife of Al Bundy, played by Ed O'Neill of ABC's "Modern Family." Bundy often made fun of Barr on the series. Sagal plays Gemma on the FX show "Sons of Anarchy" and Turanga Leela on the FOX animated show "Futurama." Barr played herself in a 2003 episode.
Comedians Jeffrey Ross, a familiar face on the Comedy Central Roasts series, as well as Amy Schumer and Anthony Jeselnik will also poke fun at Barr on her upcoming special. Jane Lynch, who plays abrasive Sue Sylvester on the FOX musical sitcom "Glee," is the Roast Master.
This will mark the first Comedy Central Roast for Stone, Sagal and Green. Fisher appeared on William Shatner's in 2006, while Jeselnick and Schumer starred in the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen in 2011. Jeselnick also appeared in the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump that year and wrote jokes for David Hasselhoff's roast in 2010.
In reality, Barr, who also goes by just Roseanne, has been both made fun of and praised many times on and off screen - for her comedy, her fluctuating weight over the years and her no holds-barred attitude.
She rose to fame in the 1980s and performed standup comedy at Los Angeles' World Famous Comedy Store, which also helped launch the careers of the likes of David Letterman, Bob Saget and Sandra Bernhard, who would later reunite with Barr on the comedy series that made her famous - "Roseanne."
Barr played a potty-mouthed, working-class mother of three on the show. John Goodman played her on-screen husband. Barr met her real-life husband on "Roseanne" - Tom Arnold. They were married between 1990 and 1994 and had no children. Barr has three daughters and two sons from other relationships.
It is unclear if Bernhard, Goodman or Arnold will appear on Barr's Comedy Central Roast. The network said additional roasters and celebrity guests would be announced later.
After "Roseanne" ended, Barr voiced a character in the 2004 animated film "Home on the Range" and guest-starred on the show 'My Name is Earl' in 2006. She also provided the voice of baby Julie in the 1990 comedy film "Look Who's Talking Too," which starred John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.
Barr returned to television in July 2011 with the Lifetime Television reality series "Roseanne's Nuts," which saw her running a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii with her boyfriend Johnny Argent and son Jake. The show was canceled days after its season 1 finale on Sept. 16, 2011. She also details her life experiences in her book 'Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm,' which was released in January 2011.
Barr is set to reunite with Goodman for an NBC pilot called "Downwardly Mobile." Its release date has not been revealed.
When asked what she would do first if elected, Barr said in a video posted on ComedyCentral.com" Coast-to-coast free party. Free eats. I'm giving everybody the day of with pay, including myself. And them I'm going to bring back the McRib."