Comedians Roseanne Barr and Andrew Dice Clay say they are teaming up for the anti-PC "Mr. And Mrs. America" comedy tour. In 2018, Barr made a triumphant return to network TV with the revival of her classic sitcom Roseanne. But her return would be short-lived as the comedian was fired by ABC for a racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. Barr attempted to blame the bad tweet on Ambien, but it seemed the network didn’t buy her explanation.
ABC would later bring back the Roseanne cast minus Barr for the spinoff The Conners, which itself proved to be a ratings winner for the network (and is indeed coming back for a second season). The Conners dealt with Barr’s departure by killing off her character, but as the show premiered, Barr was quick to remind her Twitter followers that she is indeed still alive even if her most famous character is not. Though Barr insists that she has received a lot of TV offers since her ouster from Roseanne, a new TV project for the actress has yet to surface.
With Barr’s TV career apparently permanently on hold, the actress is now turning to a new comedy endeavor, which will see her teaming up with fellow controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay. As reported by Deadline, Barr and Clay will hit the road for a comedy tour called "Mr. and Mrs. America," which promises to take on the current alleged national obsession with political correctness. A poster for the tour can be seen below (via Andrew Dice Clay):
As Clay explained in an appearance on Fox News (via Deadline), the purpose of the tour is to get America to stop taking comedy so seriously and learn to laugh again:
“America really needs to lighten up and not worry about the words comedians use because it’s all we have. There’s clean stuff and there’s street stuff. I’m a street guy because I tell it like it is. I’m living it more now than I have for a really long time. My shows have been longer, my material is fresher. With these shows, I can do as long as I want because it’s one show a night.”
Clay in recent years has made the switch to legitimate acting, winning positive reviews for his turn as Lady Gaga’s father in last year’s smash hit A Star Is Born, but he of course originally made his name as a stand-up comedian. Known for his brash ‘50s inspired persona and dirty, often sexist and homophobic jokes, Clay became a poster child for controversial comedy in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The comedian was so vulgar in fact that one of his routines got him permanently banned from the supposedly daring cable network MTV.
Though television has rejected Barr and Clay, it seems they both believe that there’s still an audience out there in America longing to experience their brand of “non politically correct” humor. But it remains to be seen just how many people in 2019 are actually willing to pay money to watch Clay and Barr take on PC culture via their comedy. As of now, no dates have yet been announced for the tour, so it also remains to be seen what kind of venues will be willing to book the event at all. If the tour in fact fails to come together, Clay and Barr can always blame it on political correctness.