Tuesday, January 5, 2010

An Evening with Roseanne Barr



A couple of nights ago we were invited to see Roseanne Barr try out her new stand up routine on some of her neighbors in Honokaa. It was a fund raiser for the "Dental Bus" that goes around the Hamakua Coast servicing providing dental care for children. It was an evening of hilarity and great music with friends.

The event was held at the Old Mac Nut Factory, which is now a studio for artists and has a barn space where concerts and events are held. We are lucky enough to be friends with some of the artists who are located in the space as well as friends that own two vacation cottages in Honokaa. Teri Suggs is an artist that I worked with at the Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild and who moved to the big island several months before we did.





Roseanne has a radio show on public radio, you can find archives and free pod casts here:
Tipping Point KPFK

Roseanne's boyfriend of 7 years is musician Johnny Argent played with several other musicians in the Old Mac Nut Factory. It turned out to be a perfect venue for the pair, who were able to rock the house with music and rib busting laughter. Speaking of rib busting laughter, my ribs ached the next morning from laughing so hard all night.

The evening was a BYOB potluck and as usual the group at the Mac Nut Factory had lots of good food.

In my research, I learned that Roseanne met Johnny after he posted on a forum on her blog back in 2001 and finally won her over. She fell in love with him before ever seeing him and then was pleasantly surprised in 2002 when they finally met. I think he must be good for her in many ways. For one thing she has gone natural in her hair color and seems to be a little less angry with the world in general. Her comedy is irreverent and occasionally offensive, but it is difficult not to laugh at her views of life,  I especially loved her menopause jokes.


Photo by Sarah Lee

For those of you wondering what kind of  house Roseanne lives in here... I can share this arial view. You can see she is surrounded by plenty of land and enjoys her well deserved privacy. The 46 + acre farm was purchased in 2007. At that time, Roseanne told  Reuters that she had bought a property in Hawaii that grows macadamias, quipping, “I always knew I would end up on a nut farm, and I’m going to.”

And here is the place Roseanne calls home in Hawaii. It is where she gathers her family, enjoys cooking, making her own hot sauce and crackers and other good things.


15 comments:

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow what a fun evening

Leslie said...

Wow, Devany, that was interesting to read! I had no idea Roseanne Barr was our island-mate.

Devany said...

Who Knew? LOL, actually I knew because my friends are her neighbors, and she moved here before we did. There are some others, like VJ Singh, also on the Hamakua Coast. Still she is an absolutely fresh voice and ever so funny. I am delighted she is happy here on Hawai'i island.

frank battaglia said...

Im floored! Rosie on our island. Rosie we need to meet WE THINK ALIKE. Yes I know you have a boyfriend LOl Im sending you my video I made about Big island ill send it to the bookstore so you get it for your appearnce there > Im in video so you ill see who I am. Hope to hear from you LOVE YOUR SHOW watch you every night. GEEZ I FEEL<LIKE A GIDDISH LITTLE GIRL? FRANK B

Frank Battaglia said...

OH PS ROSIE are you a grey gardens fan? You probably hate Drew Barrymore Im betting lol I took photos of EDITH BEALE back in 1978 I have a website that promotes these images http://www.islandbreezearts.com you should check it out. I recieved an onscreen credit for reserach assistance for a few of these photos that were used to help create n authentic outfit for DREW to wer as she played part of Edith Beale. WELL> I figure it was my closest thing to actually being in an award winning movie huh?

Sandy said...

I enjoyed reading about this. I was googling her name for a different reason and came across this blog and post...thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Aloha. I write a new blog: punaverse.blogspot.com. I SOOO want to do a story on Rosanne but I know what Fat Chance means, so I thought I could link your blog posting. She does not live in Puna, so officially NOT a Punatic, but I would award her an Honorary Queen Punatic Title. I would love to see her at the Maku'u Farmer's Market with us Punatics. J.Osprey

Minnie Lee said...

My dream is to one day be able to go to Hawaii, and now that Roseanne Barr
lives there is a plus because she is my idol. I love her and if she needs
any help on her farm pushing those trees down with her tractor, I could
really help her out. I was raised on a farm. Minnie Lee Sholtes from Myrtle Beach, S. C. mlsholtes@hotmail.com

Devany said...

Minnie... live your dream. This is a farmer's paradise!

Anonymous said...

For doing something like this, Roseanne Barr just proved what a worthless piece of human excrement she really is!

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hawki said...

Anonymous, WTF ! U need to show some respect! I am so very happy for Roseanne, she has finally gotten away from that f'd up Hollywood scene where most people are so plastic, and stuck up with their big egos! I would take peaceful Hawaiian living, and her gorgeous manfriend any day of the week! U go girl!

Stefan Weber said...

Rosie is awesome. I hope I can one day retire and stay here.she's living my wife and is dream.

Anonymous said...

roseaane barr is a washed up libtard

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