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Roseanne Barr lives on a nut farm. Literally. She’s signing “Roseannearchy” at Outwrite Books Jan. 19

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Roseanne Barr, 13 years removed from her hit show “Roseanne,” said she has mellowed with age. Over the phone earlier this week from Los Angeles, she almost seemed… happy.

“I hate the word happy,” she said. “Happy is for idiots. It’s not a happy world. Content is a better word. I like content.”

The hard-edged frankness that personifies Barr’s long career has not worn off. Even though she’s been out of the spotlight in recent years, she still pumps out her opinions daily at www.roseanneworld.comand has compiled some of her thoughts into a book she dubbed “Roseannearchy,” which came out Jan. 4.

The book, her third in her life but first since 1994, is a mish-mosh of reminiscing about her past and thoughts on religion, her three husbands and the specter of mortality, to name a few. She will be reading from the book and signing them at Outwrite Books in Midtown Atlanta Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“While it’s a lot of rants and essays,” Barr said, “I also try to make sure there are laughs on every page.”

And while she readily admits to being a bit nuts in the head, she literally hangs out with nuts every day. Wealthy from her “Roseanne” syndication money, she now lives on a 46-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii.

“I just wanted a less crazy life,” she explained, “a head-clearing kind of place to get my hands in the dirt and do something real.”

Hawaii has given her time to think and to calm her demons. She has even learned meditation. “I like how I feel mentally,” she said “Sure, my hips ache like a [word that rhymes with witch.] But mentally, I’m fantastic.”

“The state,’ she continued, “is full of crazy, old hippies and old women with crystals, people who see a different and better possibility for the world. I love hanging out with them. We have great parties and art shows. We’re at the stage in our lives where we realize we can actually do some good things before we leave the planet.”

And though Barr still has a place in Los Angeles, she hardly spends any time there. “I’m scared of Los Angeles,” she said. “You can get a nervous breakdown driving the freeways. It moves too fast. There are  too many people running around. It’s a walking nation of vampires. I don’t do well here.”

But she hasn’t written off the world of TV. She’s dabbled in a few projects over the years including a talk show and a comedy special. “People call me all the time with ideas. Reality shows. Game shows. Sitcoms. I turn down most of them,”  she said. “All I need is the right team and the right people to let me be me. I’d like to do a show about going green in Hawaii.”

In reality, Barr is glad people still want her. And the blue-collar struggles of her fictional family on  ”Roseanne,” still seen on Oxygen and TV Land, resonate with viewers to this day.

“So many people now are going through what the Connors went through,” she said.  ”The basics about life being tough haven’t changed even though they lived in a world without cel phones and Twitter.”

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BOOK SIGNING

Roseanne Barr, “Roseannearchy,”

Wednesday Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

Free

Outwrite Books, 991 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta

404-607-0082

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

29 comments Add your comment

Dan

January 18th, 2011
4:15 pm

Rosie – Don’t go away mad, just go away.

Freakshow Blue

January 18th, 2011
11:01 pm

There should be Harvard level research studies into people who think Roseann Bar, Margaret Cho and Rosie O Donnell are funny. Once the defective gene is identified, then gene therapy should begin and none of these people should ever be allowed to have children. That would be best for humanity.

ljlkj

January 19th, 2011
2:00 am

Freakshow Blue, could you add Tim Allen to that list? I always thought that show Home Improvement was certainly in the conversation for worst sitcom of all time. As bad as Roseanne was, it was a masterpiece in comparison.

the truth hurts

January 19th, 2011
8:19 am

I don’t condone beating your wife, but where’s Tom Arnold when you need him?

Freakshow Blue

January 19th, 2011
10:18 am

Yes Tim Allen too, never found him funny one iota, Also Gilbert Gottfried (sp). How did these people get famous? who found them funny. There needs to be studies

allen981

January 19th, 2011
11:59 am

Send those Harvard idiots to me; Roseanne was a comedic genius, and if you took the time to understand her show – rather than just watch a clip or two – you’d see the depth of what she was doing. She made a struggling family’s life not just funny, but provided excellent messages about real families.

Real families deal with drug abuse (I don’t care who you are, it’s an issue with many), teen pregnancy, job loss, workplace harassment…real issues then and now. And Roseanne, God bless her, made them funny and helped a lot of people get through some tough times. We watched with our kids, and they benefitted from seeing the challenges that many families face. (They both turned out fine; one is a very successful attorney, one’s a charter school principal.)

So Freakshow – and I’m certain the name is appropriate – take that and stew on it. Rather than rag on what you don’t know, get a life.

Right on, Roseanne, and hope the next macadamias I eat are from your farm.

Kevin

January 19th, 2011
12:09 pm

I agree completely with the first five posters. I never understood the appeal of this woman (or the others listed). It’s not smart humor. It’s not witty. It’s merely observational. And her nasally, whiny voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

Oh well. To each his own, I suppose. But I’ll be passing on this book and the signing.

Nativeson71

January 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

Really werid…lol.
I alwasy loved Roseanne and when the TV show started I loved her more.
I think she is a real comic tallent who found her sweet spot in a 30min show that reflected the early/mid 1990’s during it’s run.
her humor is honest and real – she makes fun/parody of daily trials and tribulations that bog us all down. Having working class people on TV may not be how most of us ’see ourselves’ but the truth is ALL of us are working class.

Roseanne if you should read this – Keep up the good work! You are a champ! oh and you’re F__King funny as hell!

juan carlos diego raul sanchez

January 19th, 2011
3:09 pm

i heard Tom lost his wrist watch in Roseanne’s hoho…man i bet that thing has an echo…

ADL

January 19th, 2011
4:11 pm

Roseanne was a very funny show due in large part to the fine cast around Roseanne. Went downhill in the later years when they won the lottery, etc. She should let that show be her legacy, especially since she hasn’t been funny in many years.

Judi

January 19th, 2011
4:42 pm

She’s not happy? But she can afford to go live on a madadamia nut farm in HAWAII ? Give me a break.

my two cents worth

January 19th, 2011
4:43 pm

Never thought Roseanne or the others you site were funny. I hated the show Roseanne!

Mark It Right

January 19th, 2011
5:26 pm

Rock On Roseanne! Her show may have been more social commentary than intellectual commentary, but it never the less was brilliant. Not everyone in America lives the life of a doctor or lawyer. Btw, we are all a little crazy. That includes everyone on here that posted a comment.

Snickers409

January 19th, 2011
5:41 pm

Wow! The insane jealousy is palpable here today. You nitwits who rail against Roseanne are very telling in your envy of those who’ve done far better than you ever will. You’re probably all white heterosexual males who have more personal demons to keep hidden than Roseanne ever has.

I hope Roseanne reads this thread. It would be good for her to see just how many dumb clucks there are out there and I’m sure she’d love to know she’d made a bunch of old fat dumb white boys mad as hell.

TruthBe

January 19th, 2011
6:09 pm

Katie

January 19th, 2011
6:40 pm

Right on Snickers. I couldn’t have said i better myself. Roseanne’s show debuted when I was raisin 5 kids (albight alone-no patner) and I definitely “got” the humor of family situations in every episode, Take me away Roseanne!

kings of what?

January 19th, 2011
7:24 pm

you can also add the “comedians” from kings of comedy as not being funny. all those people falling out of their seats laughing. really? i just stared at the screen and was asking what are these people laughing at. then again i dont get why some people use a straw to drink a beer out of a bottle either.

Astropig

January 19th, 2011
7:26 pm

Good God, She looks like she’s running late for her autopsy…

rob

January 19th, 2011
8:00 pm

Too bad I didn’t know sooner she was in town. I would have liked to meet a nutcase like myself.

Freakshow Blue

January 19th, 2011
10:52 pm

Allen981, So you think Rosanne was funny, that her show accurately portrayed life and that it helped you raise your two children whom you think are normal. Will you be our first test subject? Call Dr. Loopy at Harvard’s psycho lab at 555-5555. Ask for the study on people who think unfunny people are funny and they will put you right through. Also tell them about your children. They will need to alert the authorities.

1911A1

January 20th, 2011
8:41 am

She was just ahead of her time. When the show made its debut it was shocking because it showed family dysfunction in an era when to do so was unheard of. Today, every “reality” show’s stock in trade is dysfunction – the more messed up, the better the producers like it (and, sadly, the more who watch, which just assures that TLC and their ilk will keep putting that garbage on the air.)

i love kim

January 20th, 2011
11:20 am

i get it. roseanne apealed to all the ghetto mamas out there.

just a man

January 23rd, 2011
9:12 pm

Macadamia nuts are great. Buy, NNUT

stay gone

January 23rd, 2011
9:37 pm

hopefully, this fat, no-talent slob stays out of the media and keeps quiet. she makes me ill.

Kapoonka

January 23rd, 2011
10:12 pm

Wow! I think most of the posters on this blog are nuttier than Rosy ever was. such venom..such hate. How many people can even be recognized by just a first name? Surely none of you. She made her mark..did her thing..and is living happily in Hawaii.
Why does that bother you so much? I’m just sayin’….

blueparent

January 23rd, 2011
11:11 pm

you think these people weren’t funny but a whole generation of kids are watching jack**s and other shows. Now that is NOT funny

Open-minded

January 24th, 2011
1:24 am

We all need to be a little more open-minded. What one person thinks is funny may not be very funny to the next person.. and vice versa. To say that someone needs to go to the “nut house” just because their brand of humor differs from yours.. is an indictment of YOUR mental state.. NOT theirs.

Mark

January 24th, 2011
3:24 am

I liked the Roseanne show even though,I really did not agree with some of the things that ABC allowed the show to do. I did not like the way the children would smart off and back talk to their parents. I believe this is why our children act the way they do now. Although mine DONT. If I had ever mouthed off to my mother or father after being told to do something…..lets just say I would not be here. Tell my mother to go to hell and mind her own damn business the way Becky or Darlene would? My teeth would have been knocked out!!

Melba N.

January 24th, 2011
4:19 am

” You’re probably all white heterosexual males…a bunch of old fat dumb white boys”

Looks like somebody got their heart broken by a white boy.