Picks and Pans Review: Roseanne Roseannadanna's "hey, Get Back to Work" Book

updated 11/07/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/07/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Alan Zweibel and Gilda Radner

"Hey, did you ever smell something weird in the house and you look all around in every room to find where it was and then it turns out to be on you?" So you were expecting statistics on unemployment or projections on the job market for blacksmiths? Roseanne Roseannadanna, of course, is the loudmouth newswoman played by Gilda Radner on the original Saturday Night Live. Now that Gilda and former SNL writer Alan Zweibel have revived Roseanne as an author, the rest of us can enjoy some of the best sophomoric humor since Animal House. In the 101-page preface to her 15-page book, Roseanne, the queen of digression, recounts every icky incident in her life, including a photo of herself losing to the Pope at tennis. Though she never quite completes her discussion of unemployment, Roseanne suggests several ways to gross yourself out as you sit at home waiting to get hired; one is, "Clean your ear with a Q-tip. Now, make yourself a very dry martini 'n' stir it with the Q-tip." As Jane Curtin would have said, Roseanne, you're disgusting—funny, but disgusting. (Longshadow, $4.95)

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