August 10, 2012 |
Roseanne is zeroing in on a milestone: her 60th birthday. But if you think that the force of nature who reached powerhouse status while striking fear in the hearts of network and studio honchos, critics and a few ex-husbands has mellowed, think again. There's a new method to her madness: If you can't beat 'em, run for president of the United States. Stretching her battlefield from the TV landscape to the political arena, the former self-declared "domestic goddess" earlier this year tossed her hat into the race for the White House and last week was selected as the presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party.
September 14, 2012 |
Visual artist Mark Hayward, co-founder of Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater, has found a new home for his googly-eyed cast of characters: The Echo . He'll put on the last two puppet shows of the 2012 season at the Echo Park club, starting Saturday. The idea behind the show, which until recently was based nearby at Atwater Crossing, is simple: handcrafted puppets perform the pilot episodes of classic hit sitcoms such as “I Love Lucy,” “Hogan's Heroes” and “Friends.” It's become so popular, says Hayward, that the Sock Puppet team needed more space and the Echo also provides top sound quality.
August 5, 2012 |
When Comedy Central announced that Roseanne would be the target of honor for this year's celebrity roast, her ex-husband Tom Arnold said that he wanted no part of it, and would not participate even if asked. The couple were a tabloid favorite during their stormy four-year marriage, engaging in outrageous stunts and a war against TV critics. But they divorced in 1994 amid charges of abuse and affairs. Roseanne later cited the negativity surrounding Arnold for damaging her career for several years following the end of her groundbreaking sitcom "Roseanne" in 1997.
August 6, 2012 |
Comedian Jeffrey Ross knew he would upset some people when he showed up at the taping of the "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne" dressed as deceased Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. But when he unleashed a few jokes connected to the recent "The Dark Night Rises" shootings in Colorado, he knew that the jokes would not make the Aug. 12 broadcast. And that's fine with him. "Yes, I crossed a line, and that is what the roasts are all about," Ross told NBC News. "That's what Roseanne is about -- unapologetic comedy.
December 10, 1994
I am writing to express my disappointment over The Times' critique of Roseanne, who performed at our Feminist Majority Foundation benefit ("A Rose Is a Rose, but Not Roseanne," Nov. 19). The show was an important fund-raiser for our National Clinic Defense Project, which works to protect doctors and health-care workers nationwide from anti-abortion violence. Roseanne graciously came out to support us, as did all the comics who so generously donated their time and talent. The show was a benefit, a one-time performance, not the beginning of a tour for Roseanne and certainly not appropriate for a review.
July 30, 1994
The fact that "Roseanne" was once again snubbed for a best comedy series Emmy nomination is good news to those of us who prefer our television comedy on the intelligent side ("TV Academy Is Snubbing 'Roseanne,' " July 23). The success of such excellent, intelligent shows as "Frasier," "Northern Exposure," "Seinfeld" and "Murphy Brown" seems to indicate that once again the networks are aiming for our minds instead of the gutter. Keep up the good work. JOHN McELLIGOTT JR., Fullerton Regarding why the "TV Academy Is Snubbing 'Roseanne,' " the answer is in the mere presence of its subversive star.