Comedy Central announced their annual roastee today, and this time the honors will go to Roseanne Barr. While no Charlie Sheen, that comedian is eyeing an imminent return to sitcoms herself in the NBC series Downwardly Mobile. Could this be a trend? Should we be on the lookout for Tony Danza next year?
Here is the press release with the details.
NEW YORK, June 25, 2012 – COMEDY CENTRAL is rolling out the red carpet for one of America’s most outspoken and pioneering comedians. The network announced today that Roseanne Barr will be the next Roastee. The “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Roseanne” (#RoseanneRoast) will tape in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 4. The Roast will premiere on COMEDY CENTRAL on Sunday, August 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“Although Roseanne appears to be a demure, soft spoken woman eternally committed to the status quo, we believe under the surface is an explosive, trail-blazing cultural revolution. We are honored to Roast her,” said Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production, COMEDY CENTRAL. “Celebrating Roseanne’s unprecedented achievements in comedy and television will surely inspire us to make this Roast more reminiscent of the classic roasts, where the intimacy of friends jousting with each other came through.”
When asked about the Roast, Roseanne remarked, “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!”
The “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Roseanne” will be executive produced by Joel Gallen from Tenth Planet Productions, who also served as Executive Producer and Director of the COMEDY CENTRAL Roasts Of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, David Hasselhoff, Joan Rivers, Larry The Cable Guy, Bob Saget, Flavor-Flav, Pamela Anderson, as well as the Emmy- nominated “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of William Shatner.” Jonas Larsen is the Executive in Charge for the network.