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INTERVIEW: Roseanne Barr Usually Ends With A “Poop or Fart Punchline”

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Roseanne Barr went from Queen of White Trash Comedy, to Macadamia Nut farmer, to serious Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate. I don’t think I need to go over all of her accolades, and if you’re not sure who she is, then you’ve either been living in a cave for the last 40 years, or you’re insanely young. She had The Poetry Question send her direct messages on Twitter, so both the questions and answers are very cut and dry, but hey, it’s Roseanne, and we could not be more honored to have had the opportunity to speak with her. Below you will find the unedited interview. Enjoy!

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Direct messages › with Roseanne Barr

TPQ: What was your favorite childhood book?

RB: fave book was the bible-loved the Moses stuff the best-

TPQ: Was there a favorite reading moment? A light bulb moment where you realized that you were reading a text that would define your life?

RB: fave reading moments: reading gyn/ecology by mary daly-got out of car and puked out all that I had learned-1979.

TPQ: Do you remember your first jokes? How old were you when you started writing?

RB: told jokes age three-usually ended w poop or fart punchline.

TPQ: When you told your family you wanted to be a comedian, what was their reaction? What did they want you to be “when you grew up?”

RB: my dad wanted to b a comedian-it was an honored thing in my family-all wished me the best-til I made it-then the knives came out

TPQ: Are there similarities between comedy writing and the writing of poetry? Timing obviously plays a huge part in both, but what else?

RB: some similarities- need to be concise with both-

TPQ: What is your process for writing jokes? On days where you aren’t “feeling it,” do you force yourself to write anyway?

RB: never force the joke, write serious shit everyday-but the jokes seem to come to me when they want to

TPQ: What’s your best “crazy fan” story?

RB: old man farmer said: ru who i think i am? i ans’d: who do u think u r? he: suzanna from the TV. i answered: yes, that’s u! he: thought so!

TPQ: I’ve been watching a lot of 70’s comedy, and the culture of comedy has changed so much since then. Where do you feel it’s headed now?

RB: headed in a thousand directions-which is good.

TPQ: Since we are The Poetry Question, we have to ask: What is Poetry?

RB: poetry is a mathematical calculation

TPQ: If you could sit down for a drink with one artist, actor, musician, comedian, or author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

RB: Lenny Bruce. He scorned the pope.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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