Sometimes, during the Carson era, one spot was enough to introduce an audience to not only a comic but an entire comedic ethos. This was the case with Roseanne Barr, who distilled her entire "domestic goddess" worldview into one chatty, sassy, ear-piercing monologue. Every dismissive aside, delivered with a matter-of-fact tone and a little gum-chewing, solidifies the caustic, demanding persona which became so familiar during the nine-year run of Roseanne and beyond.
After talking about how little fun she’s having as a housewife, she announces, "I'm fat. Just thought I'd point that out." Then she talks about the advantages of coming home to a fat mom and her methods of curing depression: "Let's have pudding, Oreos and marshmallows. When you wake up from that sugar coma, it'll be a brand new week." This set was filmed on August 23rd, 1985, and was just the thing Americans were ready to see: Moms with real hips being selfish, fed-up, human. And as opposed to her later TV persona, this stage persona is surprisingly bubbly and giggly, and endearing in its way.