Roseanne Barr returned to the stage for the first time since ABC cancelled her titular reboot last May over a racist Twitter tirade. She appeared at the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas over the weekend, and NSFW footage of her has aired online.
Fellow comedian Andrew Dice Clay introduced Barr as a “close friend,” and described her as “controversial,” “outspoken” and “one of the biggest comedians ever.”
The 66-year-old slammed ABC, which hosted her show from 1998-1997, and then again in 2018. “Dear ABC, when you asked me back to once again bail out your (expletive), (expletive), low-rated network, I did so with the same vigor I’ve always rocked,” Barr said, reading from a page, “and I delivered you the highest ratings that you’ve had in ten (expletive) years.”
She said: “At the first sign of controversy you killed me off with a drug overdose.”
Barr added, “But you know what, I ain’t dead, (expletive)!”
After Barr was booted, the network rebranded the show as The Conners, and dealt with her absence by saying she’d died of a drug overdose.
Barr also cracked jokes about suicide, saying: “When you get fired you get real suicidal, but I’d never kill myself because that would make too many (expletive) people happy, and I’m not about making people happy.”
At the end of the set, which was well-received by the cheering crowd, Barr and Clay, 61, danced.