As I sat down to write today's post it occurred to me that I've only highlighted one female comedian thus far on the website. While it is inevitable that there will be more males written about as the industry is dominated by men I will make a conscious effort to ensure some semblance of equality.
Born Roseanne Cherri Bar on November 3rd 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Roseanne would grow up to become one of the greatest comedians of all time. Ranking 9th on Comedy Centrals Top 100 Comedians of All Time in 2004(the highest ranking female).
Roseanne's claim to fame is her humour surrounding the life and times of the typical American housewife. Her first big break came when she got to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. That single appearance in 1985 helped land Roseanne her own show on HBO in 1987(On Location: The Roseanne Bar Show) which did not last as long as anyone had hoped.
It was her second crack at television where Roseanne elevated her stature to legendary status. "Roseanne" premiered in 1988 and was an instant hit. It ran for nine seasons and stayed in the top four(in terms of Neilsen ratings) for six of it's nine seasons. The show would go on to win awards from The Emmy's, The Golden Globes, The People's Choice Awards and a Peabody Award.
Since then(sadly) Roseanne has had a series of television shows that all failed or flopped. However, like all great comedians, Roseanne continues to work on her craft. On November 4th, 2006 Roseanne hit the main stage on HBO for a special called "Roseanne Barr: Blonde N Bitchen".
She is scheduled to have her third book release in January 2011.