Roseanne Barr on Class, Gays on TV, and Denver Comedy in the 80s

Never one for settling down, Roseanne Barr has kept very busy since her days changing the face of TV and women’s comedy with her hit sitcom, Roseanne. In the last two years alone, she’s starred in a reality TV show about her macadamia-nut farm in Hawaii, run for president, and been roasted on Comedy Central. Once a rising star in Denver’s standup comedy scene, Roseanne will return to Denver on Wednesday, July 31, at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, for a fundraiser for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In advance of that appearance, we caught up with Roseanne to talk about breaking boundaries, class repression and the difficulties of being a female comic during the 1980s comedy boom.

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