Trump supporter and macadamia nut grower dip their toes into the standing world with some theatrical dates in the Midwest

Comedian and controversial personality Roseanne Barr says that one year after a very public layoff from ABC, she has a “very good life”.

The comic explains that now as a six-year-old grandmother with no sitcom to lead, she has returned to the roots of her “domestic goddess”.

“I love doing those things you do when you’re a housewife. I love sewing, cooking and planting, and I also like writing jokes,” he said of his life in Hawaii, where he has a macadamia nut farm. “This is my life. It is a very beautiful life.”

Barr, who supposedly last performed in Detroit decades ago as a warm-up show for Julio Iglesias, takes to the stage on Sunday at the Fox Theater. His show here is part of a short spell that includes Fort Wayne, Indiana Saturday. Earlier this month he attracted around 1,000 fans to a show in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, where he reportedly gained a standing ovation.

During his ten-year career, he has been pushing the button from one end of the political spectrum to the other, although he now says he is politically “in the middle”.

He first made the waves by being a realistic maternal figure in a national sitcom. The “Roseanne” show – which made Barr a huge and well-paid star at the time – exposed working-class problems, racism, sexism, gay characters and other things that weren’t normal fodder for prime time.

When the Emmy-winning show, which took place between 1988-1997, restarted in 2018, she paused her planned stand-up tour to return to the fictional Midwestern city of Lanford as a Connor family matriarch, who had a whole new generation of grandchildren and modern problems.

Barr’s involvement in the reboot ended quickly with a tweet, however, in May 2018. Many called her for a racist remark against Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to former President Obama. Barr later stated that the tweet was a joke and also defended himself saying that she hadn’t noticed that Jarrett was black.

ABC fired Barr and later “Roseanne” was redesigned as “The Connors”, with Barr’s character killed.

So now, as long as the clubs are willing to book it, it can return to the comedy on its feet without holding anything back, except maybe the low ticket sales. There are many seats still available for his Sunday night show in Detroit.

“I have swept the dust away and am ready to continue,” he said. “I have good jokes that make fun of everyone and, you know, jokes I made on the show. Regular and real jokes about everyday things.”

Since it is not tied to a network, it can make fun of anyone it wants, and this includes itself. Nothing is forbidden to the outspoken advocate of marijuana legalization and President Trump.

“I am no longer in Hollywood, I will no longer keep people’s secrets, so I will say everything I know – who is gay, who is transsexual, who is a devil worshiper … things like that,” she said while saving the name for his act. “But obviously it’s so ridiculous.”

Among his fireproof tweets and support for Trump, one can imagine that Barr didn’t have any famous friends, but that’s not the case. He recently surprised the audience at an Andrew Dice Clay show in Las Vegas. He said his audience “showed me a lot of love”.

“He has been a friend for years,” said Del Diceman, who recently starred as the father of Lady Gags in “A Star is Born.” “I love it. He is a good friend. Good father. Good person.”

He also lists the comics Norm Macdonald and Mo’Nique among his famous friends, and says he may appear unexpectedly in one of Mo’Nique’s upcoming shows.

Barr, who likes to shop and visit restaurants while traveling on tour, says she likes to be on stage because she keeps her on alert.

“I’ve been on my feet for a while but I love to come back,” he said. “I like live audiences. You never know what’s going to happen.”

In addition to appearing in friends’ shows, he also has an eye on the next generation of comics that are sweating him on the Los Angeles club scene.

“There are a lot of new comics coming up and they’re just awesome,” he said. “A republican president, for some reason, makes the comedy really strong and good again and that’s happening in Los Angeles.”

This goes both ways, though. When asked what she thought of the vast field of democratic presidential hopes, she called them “hilarious”.

“You make good jokes.” she said.

Twitter: @melodybaetens

Roseanne Barr

19:00 Sunday

Fox Theater

2211 Woodward, Detroit

(313) 471-7000 or

$ 25 and above

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