A “Roseanne” reunion of sorts is set to take place at the Comedy Central roast of Roseanne Barr, with former castmates from the hit sitcom ready to attend.
The roast, which Comedy Central announced earlier in the summer, has already gotten commitments from former “Roseanne” cast members Sarah Chalke, Michael Fishman and Alicia Goranson, UPI reported. All have said they will be at the Los Angeles event.
Other comedians and entertainers will be at the roast in addition to the makeshift “Roseanne” reunion. Guests announced so far for the event at the Hollywood Palladium include Ellen Barkin, Wayne Brady, and Gilbert Gottfried, the cable network said. Other presenters will include Carrie Fisher, Seth Green, Katey Sagal, Anthony Jeselnik, Jeffrey Ross and Amy Schumer, with “Glee” star Jane Lynch will serve as roast master.
The roast hasn’t been the only recent fodder for fans seeking a “Roseanne” reunion. Earlier this year reports emerged that John Goodman was close to signing on to Roseanne Barr’s NBC comedy pilot, “Downwardly Mobile,” The Huffington Post reported. Goodman and Barr played functionally dysfunctional spouses Dan and Roseanne Connor on the hit show that ran from 1988 to 1997.
“Downwardly Mobile” sounds to be in the same vein as “Roseanne,” featuring a middle class family that moves into a mobile home.
The “Roseanne” reunion and the comedy special come at a busy time for Barr. She has announced her intention to run for president in 2012, seeking the Green Party nomination. She also threw her hat into the process for the Peace and Freedom Party’s nomination, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The “Roseanne” reunion will air with the comedy special on Aug. 12.