Why Roseanne Barr's Return to Stand-up Comedy Is Crucial to Conservatism

Roseanne Barr appears on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Credit: Screenshot

I remember the first time I saw actress and comedienne Roseanne Barr perform her stand-up routine. It was on the gold standard of late night talk shows, “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.” Her appearances in 1985, which introduced Barr and her term “domestic goddess,” struck a cord with every day Americans just trying to live their lives and raise a family.


The exposure Barr got from Carson’s support went a long way to snagging a sitcom deal for a show she wrote and created, “Roseanne.” The show, which started in 1988 and ran for nine seasons, went on to win four Emmys and cement Barr as one of the most important comedic voices of our time.

Then in 2018, the show was revived. But during the first season, Barr was removed from her own show after she made a joke on the Twitters about Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett. The show resumed, only without Barr as a producer and under the title “The Conners.”

Earlier this week, Roseanne Barr returned to stand-up with a new comedy special airing on Fox Nation.

As part of promoting the special, Barr sat down with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to talk about her side of the story on how she was “one of the first casualt[ies]….in a large way” of what we know know as cancel culture. As Roseanne puts it in a clip from her stand-up, “[she] racially misgendered somebody [she] thought was a white woman.”

Barr says that the main reason she lost her job on “Roseanne” and blackballed from the entertainment industry was that “the Left has no humor at all, let’s be real. They have no sense of humor at all, nor do they have any sense of humor about themselves. Anybody in power who can’t take a joke about themselves, like the person I mentioned, she should have just laughed it off. Instead, she called ABC and demanded that I be fired….[T]hat’s a dangerous human being.”


But Barr says that she and her fellow comedians “made a pact” to fight back the best way they know how:

The comedian shared how her and her other friends [comedians] that were also victims of cancel culture made a pact that when they all come back, “we’re going to be even more offensive than we’ve ever been before.”

“And I’m so happy because you’ve got to be more offensive when the culture is so offensive that it makes absolutely no sense that it’s anti-life, anti-human, anti-culture, anti-citizen,” said Barr. “You’ve got to be so offensive to offend the most offensive thing that is on earth right now. And I think I’ve done it.”

She continues:

So many other comics have fallen too. [They] can’t find work and have no livelihood, unless they are ridiculously sucking up to [the Left].

Barr also mentions Joe Biden. “Jokes are a great way to scorn power, especially during Biden’s presidency. I love laughing it to scorn, because it deserves to be laughed to scorn.”

As comedians like David Spade, Dave Chappelle and the late Norm MacDonald showed over and over, comedy is one of the strongest weapons we have as conservatives in the fight against the Left. And it’s how we’ll win.

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