Roseanne Barr, the comedian who brought a distinctive working-class sensibility to standup and TV sitcom humor, will take the Blue Note Hawaii stage in April, launching a new comedy series at the club.
BLUE NOTE HAWAII COMEDY SERIES
Where: Blue Note Hawaii, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, 2335 Kalakaua Ave.
Info: bluenotehawaii.com or 777-4890
>> Roseanne Barr, 8 p.m. April 8-9; $45-$55
>> Nemr Nassar, 6:30 and 9 p.m. April 26; $24-$38
>> Steve Byrne, 6:30 and 9 p.m. July 12; $22-$36
>> Ahmed Ahmed, 6:30 and 9 p.m. July 19;$22-$36
>> Rita Rudner, 6:30 and 9 p.m. July 29; $35-$55
Barr was originally scheduled to perform in November, but she broke her leg days before the show. She will now perform on April 8 and 9, with one comedy concert each night. Tickets for her November appearances will be honored.
Tickets for Barr’s appearance go on sale at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9.
Barr established her reputation in standup as the voice of a harried and harassed housewife dealing with dysfunctional family members. She went to star in the award-winning TV show, “Roseanne,” which portrayed the aches and pains of an Illinois family dealing with low income, naughty children and a variety of associated problems. It provided a sharp contrast to the other hit sitcom of the era, “The Cosby Show,” which portrayed an upper-class family living in New York City. The two shows actually shared the no. 1 spot in the Nielsen ratings in the 1989-90 ratings year.
“Roseanne” was one of the most-watched shows on television, ranking in Nielsen’s top 10 for the first seven years of its nine years, between 1988 and 1997.
Barr’s appearance launches a new comedy series scheduled for Blue Note Hawaii. Blue Note clubs are known mostly as jazz venues, but the local establishment but has been hosting rock, reggae, world music and local performers. Comedian Amy Schumer appeared at the Honolulu club during the summer, while in Hawaii filming “Snatched.”
“The club has the perfect set up and vibe for comedy,” said club owner Steven Bensusan. “After the success of our popup shows with Amy Schumer, we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from local promoters and comedy agents. There’s not a venue on Oahu doing comedy on a consistent basis, so we’re going to make Blue Note the go-to place.”
Two weeks after Barr’s appearance, Lebanese comedian Nemr Nassar will perform, on April 26. Nassar pioneered the concept of non-sectarian, apolitical comedy, a rarity in Lebanon. He later toured on the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour,” a group of comedians from the Middle East who explored concepts of their culture through humor.
Steve Byrne, a Korean-American comedian and star of the TV sitcom “Sullivan and Son,” is scheduled to appear on July 12.
Ahmed Ahmed, an Egyptian-born comedian who had a recurring role on “Sullivan and Son,” and has become a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, performs July 19.
Rita Rudner, whose family-0riented observational comedy has made her Las Vegas’ longest-running solo comedy act, appears July 29.
Blue Note Hawaii also announced that local comedian Andy Bumatai will perform there March 5 for his Damaged Goods Comedy Tour, making a comeback from his battle with throat cancer.