Laughternoon, starring Adam London (CLOSED)
Roseanne Barr has brought her "All You Can Eat Comedy" stand-up routine to the Cabaret Theatre
inside New York, New York Hotel & Casino. This visit to the Strip is the product of a renewed
devotion to stand-up and a desire to make people once again laugh in the face of serious things
that are going on in the world. The new act took some getting used to, but once she got things
going, the audience seemed to be eager to go along with her.
Barr's most recent project has been hosting Nick at Nite's third season of "Funniest Mom In
America." This six-part reality series, which premieres in early April, follows the journey of
moms across the country as they compete for the title of "Funniest Mom in America." Several of
the semi-finalists will make guest appearances on stage at Barr's show during the last few
weeks of the run that is scheduled to end April 30th.
Barr has done a variety of things in recent years, including hosting a talk show, filming a
children's show, and working with a cooking show...it was good to see her back on the boards,
plying the trade that she has always done best.
The new act did start slowly...it took a while to get used to the grandmother focused on the
apocalypse, rather than the domestic housewife humor that brought her fame in the 80's. Her
initial questions to the audience and discourse on Armageddon were received with more of a
questioning silence than anything else. It seemed to take the audience by surprise, and no one
seemed to have a response to the statement, "We'll all be dead in two years." The audience was
not with her at the top of her routine, and it seemed as if she had to change gears on several
occasions to bring them around.
Neither was Barr's return to stand-up assisted by her video opening, nor her warm-up act, drag
comedian Jackie Beat. The video opening (of Barr getting her make-up done by Beat) was
amusing, but lasted way too long; and sadly, when Beat came out to do her set, she was less
amusing than the video, and was received with extended periods of silence.
Barr, though, is enough of a pro to know when to change course...she got back to a lot of her
material that was more familiar to the audience and had a solid track record. Once the
audience was back in her corner, she was more easily able to work the new direction of her
Having audience members fill out cards with questions before the show offered some of the best
moments of the evening as Barr offered up "psychic" predictions and answers to these questions.
Her quick wit and élan came alive during this segment.
Barr's return to stand-up is a welcome addition to the Strip, but the new material will take
some time to get used to...or needs one more revision.
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