Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
The Schmooze

Roseanne Barr: Best Roast Ever

Comedy Central’s got a hell of a spitfire for its next roast-ee. Roseanne Barr, comedienne, erstwhile Green party presidential candidate and self-proclaimed “fat old Jew” is next on the docket for the merciless mockery-fest, which will air August 12.

Grade-A roasters like Sharon Stone and the sharp-tongued Carrie Fisher will be on hand to rip into Roseanne, with Katey Segal, Seth Green, and a slew of other comedians rounding out the ranks of riffers. But despite the considerable comedic talent on hand, poking fun at the 59-year-old Barr seems to be more of a “this stuff writes itself” situation: besides her ill-fated presidential bid, she tried (unsuccessfully) to run a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii last year for a reality show, and most recently ticked off Chick-Fil-A by redubbing them “chickens4christ,” among other less savory nicknames.

And that’s just when she’s more-or-less unprovoked. Revving her up to roast should prove to be about as safe as playing with fire. As Glee actress Jane Lynch said of her role as roastmaster: “I’ve long fantasized of ripping Roseanne Barr a new one. But because I don’t have the cajones to say anything offensive to her face, I will be hosting the proceedings.”

For her part, Roseanne had no sympathy for those about to scorch and scathe: “All I can say is good luck finding anything about me to make fun of… I mean, I’ve never made a mistake or offended anyone in my life!”

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.