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Weekend Update: Roseanne Rosannadanna on Smoking - SNL
Weekend Update: Roseanne Rosannadanna on Smoking - SNL
Published: 2013/10/12
Channel: Saturday Night Live
GILDA RADNER - 1980 - Comedy Routine
GILDA RADNER - 1980 - Comedy Routine
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: ClassicComedyBits
Roseanne Roseannadanna
Roseanne Roseannadanna
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: BleedBNG
Roseanne Roseannadanna
Roseanne Roseannadanna
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Gilda Radner - Topic
'SNL' 40th anniversary special in under 4 minutes
Published: 2015/02/16
Channel: USA TODAY
Weekend Update Roseanne Roseannadanna by Sharon Daniels #2
Weekend Update Roseanne Roseannadanna by Sharon Daniels #2
Published: 2008/10/19
Channel: SharonLD
Gilda Live - Feature Clip
Gilda Live - Feature Clip
Published: 2014/07/09
Channel: Warner Bros.
Roseanne Roseanne Roseannadanna
Roseanne Roseanne Roseannadanna
Published: 2015/03/21
Channel: The Humane Society Serving Crawford County
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70's snl original cast
Published: 2010/05/19
Channel: thesage1izinski
Gilda Radner at the post office
Gilda Radner at the post office
Published: 2015/11/17
Channel: Comedy Heaven
Are you having a bad day?
Are you having a bad day?
Published: 2008/09/13
Channel: Babs6455
Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna (Hayley Johnson)
Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna (Hayley Johnson)
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: Dead Comics Party
Simply Entitled GILDA
Simply Entitled GILDA
Published: 2013/10/28
Channel: Howard Sternlistener
Celebrating Gilda - Gildafest
Celebrating Gilda - Gildafest'15
Published: 2015/06/25
Channel: GildasClubNewYork
Gilda Radner] Miss Emily Litella
Gilda Radner] Miss Emily Litella
Published: 2013/07/01
Channel: DetroitWalkToFAME
Roseanne Roseanna Danna
Roseanne Roseanna Danna's Meditation Advice - 2015-b12-06a
Published: 2015/12/06
Channel: Lama Jigme Gyatso: the Rational Contemplative
Nevermind - Emily Litella
Nevermind - Emily Litella
Published: 2015/07/04
Channel: Daryl H
A Tour of KBS with Roseanne Roseannadanna (Jr.)
A Tour of KBS with Roseanne Roseannadanna (Jr.)
Published: 2013/07/25
Channel: Kempenfelt Bay School
Rainier Beer - It
Rainier Beer - It's Always Something
Published: 2007/10/20
Channel: rainierbeertv
Roseanne Roseannadanna at 9
Roseanne Roseannadanna at 9
Published: 2015/03/16
Channel: Christine Bradley
Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit 2015
Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit 2015
Published: 2015/08/11
Channel: GildasClubTwinCities
"Always Something" - Original Song
"Always Something" - Original Song
Published: 2013/05/26
Channel: Tony Grimsley
Impersonation of Roseanne Roseannadanna by E.S.
Impersonation of Roseanne Roseannadanna by E.S.
Published: 2010/07/02
Channel: 345mks
Roseanne Roseannadanna & Steve Irwin
Roseanne Roseannadanna & Steve Irwin 'Spline COBRA
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: Mel Toohey
HCLC Thera as Roseanne Roseannadanna
HCLC Thera as Roseanne Roseannadanna
Published: 2015/05/12
Channel: gdfrederick
Dramatic Pair of Roseanne Roseannadanna
Dramatic Pair of Roseanne Roseannadanna
Published: 2013/03/10
Channel: Andriana Kanaras
Roseanne Roseannadanna on the Fiscal Cliff
Roseanne Roseannadanna on the Fiscal Cliff
Published: 2013/01/11
Channel: PresentationArts
Weekend Update  Roseanne Roseannadanna by Sharon Daniels
Weekend Update Roseanne Roseannadanna by Sharon Daniels
Published: 2008/07/07
Channel: SharonLD
Roseanne Roseannadanna Lip Sync - SNL (1978)
Roseanne Roseannadanna Lip Sync - SNL (1978)
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: Lauren Erickson
Reanactment of ROSEANNE ROSEANNADANNA
Reanactment of ROSEANNE ROSEANNADANNA
Published: 2008/11/01
Channel: poptart993
Roseanne Rosannadanna Lives On in an Old Birthday Card
Roseanne Rosannadanna Lives On in an Old Birthday Card
Published: 2012/03/30
Channel: verukah
ROSEANNE ROSEANNADANNA ON SMOKING 😊 BEST GIF COMPILATION 🤖😍😲
ROSEANNE ROSEANNADANNA ON SMOKING 😊 BEST GIF COMPILATION 🤖😍😲
Published: 2017/09/03
Channel: Back In A Giffy
Roseanne Roseannadanna in 30 Seconds
Roseanne Roseannadanna in 30 Seconds
Published: 2009/04/28
Channel: HappyHourPlayers
My Roseanne Roseannadanna impression
My Roseanne Roseannadanna impression
Published: 2015/02/17
Channel: Annie Leigh
Roseanne Roseannadanna wishes Nancy happy 50th
Roseanne Roseannadanna wishes Nancy happy 50th
Published: 2012/06/25
Channel: Marian Carroll
Roseannadanna have left the building
Roseannadanna have left the building
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: hillary rosen
Roseanne Roseannadanna Homage - Commencement - Columbia School of Journalism
Roseanne Roseannadanna Homage - Commencement - Columbia School of Journalism
Published: 2012/06/05
Channel: Stumbletown
Roseannadanna leave the shelter
Roseannadanna leave the shelter
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: hillary rosen
Autumn Hodge as Roseanne Roseannadanna, and Nathan Dehaan as Jimmy Fallon
Autumn Hodge as Roseanne Roseannadanna, and Nathan Dehaan as Jimmy Fallon
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: Amy Hodge
RoseannaDanna
RoseannaDanna
Published: 2012/10/23
Channel: Glenn Jiles
Roseanne Roseannadanna Gilda Radner snl
Roseanne Roseannadanna Gilda Radner snl
Published: 2008/04/02
Channel: Sunny James
Roseanne Rosannadanna Gilda Radner SNL
Roseanne Rosannadanna Gilda Radner SNL
Published: 2008/04/02
Channel: Sunny James
2010-Trisha
2010-Trisha's B'Day Card-Roseanna Roseannadanna
Published: 2013/10/27
Channel: Eileen M Goode
ROSEANNE ROSEANNADANNA 😃 TOP GIF COMPILATION 👽😜🤣
ROSEANNE ROSEANNADANNA 😃 TOP GIF COMPILATION 👽😜🤣
Published: 2017/09/03
Channel: Back In A Giffy
Roseanne Rosannadanna Hair
Roseanne Rosannadanna Hair
Published: 2017/10/09
Channel: Oh My Mercy Y'all Beth Wright
weekend update with rosanne rosannadanna & jane curtin spoof
weekend update with rosanne rosannadanna & jane curtin spoof
Published: 2007/07/05
Channel: zoydsta
Roseanne Rosannadanna
Roseanne Rosannadanna 'Splains Insurance Option Period
Published: 2015/10/02
Channel: Mel Toohey
Rosannadanna (Ode To Gilda Radner)
Rosannadanna (Ode To Gilda Radner)
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: dj fwg
Ali as Roseanne Rosanna Danna
Ali as Roseanne Rosanna Danna
Published: 2016/03/26
Channel: mecawood1111
Joey Wynters as Roseanne Rosannadanna
Joey Wynters as Roseanne Rosannadanna
Published: 2007/10/10
Channel: scooby27OH
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Roseanne Roseannadanna
Gilda Radner - 1980.jpg
First appearance Saturday Night Live
Created by Gilda Radner
Portrayed by Gilda Radner (1977–1980), Emma Stone (2015)
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Gender Female
Occupation Television reporter
Nationality American

Roseanne Roseannadanna is one of several recurring characters created by Gilda Radner, who appeared on Weekend Update in the early seasons of Saturday Night Live (SNL), which aired on the NBC network. She was the segment's consumer affairs reporter who, like an earlier Radner character Emily Litella, editorialized on current issues, only to go off-topic before interrupted by the anchor.[1] Unlike Litella's meek and apologetic character, Roseannadanna was brash and tactless. The character was based on Rose Ann Scamardella, a former anchorwoman on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News in New York City.[2] The character also appeared later in Radner's live one-woman shows.

Routine[edit]

Roseannadanna's Saturday Night Live commentary followed a strict formula. She usually read a letter from Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey, although she once read a letter from his wife, "Mrs." Richard Feder. (The Feders later re-located to Mount St. Helens, Washington.) The letter would include a series of questions, usually about a current social issue, to which Roseannadanna made derogatory comments about New Jersey before moving on to respond to the question. An in-joke, Richard Feder [1] (pronounced as "Fay-der") was the name of an actual resident of Fort Lee who also happened to be the brother-in-law of SNL writer and segment co-creator Alan Zweibel.[3]

Roseanne Roseannadanna provides commentary

While answering the questions, Roseannadanna invariably digressed, launching into lengthy anecdotes, frequently having to do with an encounter with celebrities (Bo Derek, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Princess Grace, Gloria Vanderbilt, etc.) which had no relevance to the topic at hand. Invariably, the story led to Roseannadanna going into graphic detail about bodily functions or personal hygiene. The concept was that the celebrities had told her the graphic stories and she was simply relating them to the audience. She also provided response to these stories, which was the rhetorical question and catch phrase: "What are ya tryin' to do, make me sick?!"

Eventually, Weekend Update co-anchor Jane Curtin would interrupt, saying, "Roseanne, you're making me sick." Curtin would then ask Roseannadanna what her comments had to do with the question. Radner would reply: "Well, Jane, it just goes to show you, it's always something — if it ain't one thing, it's another."

Roseannadanna's comments wrapped up with the sharing of a piece of advice passed along by a family member, most often her father, but sometimes her "Nana Roseannadanna". In one episode, she mentioned her aunt "Pollyanna Roseannadanna", while in others, her "musically happening cousin Carlos Santana Roseannadanna," her religious aunt "Hosanna Roseannadanna", and her singing cousin "Lola Falana Roseannadanna". In the final episode in which the character appeared, she mentioned her fashion designer aunt, "Murjani Roseannadanni".

Characterization[edit]

Radner's character had a tendency to refer to herself by her full name whenever possible: "Mr. Feder, I know what you're talkin' about, because, I, Roseanne Roseannadanna, once had the same thing happen to me." She often exaggerated her tribulations, saying: "I thought I was gonna die!"

For example, she narrated a story about eating a hamburger in a restaurant and feeling something hard in it. She spat it out and found it was white and looked like a toenail, and she said: "I thought I was gonna die. I mean, what was a toenail doing in my hamburger?". Then she went to the restroom and, on the way, she saw Princess Lee Radziwill whom she described as the: "classy lady that no one knows where she's the princess of." However, what the Princess didn't know was that she had a tiny piece of toilet paper hanging off her shoe, and she was walking around and the toilet paper hadn't fallen off. "I thought I was gonna be sick. So I said to her, 'Hey Princess Lee — what are ya tryin' to do, make me sick?'. Jane Curtin then asked her what this had to do with anything, and Roseannadanna replied: "Well it just goes to show you, it's always something, you either got a toenail in your hamburger or toilet paper clinging to your shoe."

After Saturday Night Live[edit]

In Radner's off-Broadway one-woman show, she included a sketch where Roseanadanna is invited to give the commencement speech at Columbia University. After disclosing that she had not been the first choice for the commencement speech, and that the university only called her after Geraldo Rivera pulled out because he "had a boil that needed to be lanced," she attempts to prepare the new graduates for the hard road ahead by describing a job interview she once had with CBS, in which Walter Cronkite mistakenly thought that she'd "passed gas" and consequently kicked her out of his office.

Roseannadanna was later credited as "co-author" of Radner's book Roseanne Roseannadanna's Hey Get Back to Work. In the last year of her life, Radner released a memoir of her experience with ovarian cancer, entitled It's Always Something. Radner also recorded the memoir as an audio book, imitating Roseannadanna and some of her other SNL characters when describing parts of her life.

List of SNL episodes featuring Roseanne Roseannadanna[edit]

The character also appeared in Radner's 1979 one-woman-show, Gilda Live.

  • A bumper sticker with Emma Stone, host of the November 12, 2011, episode, as Roseanne

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References[edit]

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