The Red Ribbon Ball is the Southern Colorado AIDS Project's largest fundraising event of the year, and its history of big-name speakers from Ryan White's mother, Jeanne, to former Olympian Greg Louganis to Law and Order executive producer Dr. Neal Baer has helped make it into a special occasion.
For those unfamiliar with the organization, S-CAP is the only AIDS service organization in Southern Colorado, servicing 25 counties. The 16th Red Ribbon Ball will feature former Colorado resident and comedienne Roseanne Barr, whom we reached via e-mail.
Indy: Is it a challenge to bring comedy into an AIDS fundraiser? Do you actually joke around the subject matter or leave the routine as separate from AIDS discussion?
RB: I am doing my regular stand-up show for this event. I do no AIDS jokes or jokes about any diseases. It's not funny.
Indy: Have you done much AIDS advocacy in the past? Do you have a friend or personal story that was a big influence, or is this show more about lending your talent to a good cause?
RB: My brother started an AIDS project in Utah almost 25 years ago, and I helped by bringing my friends and performing our stand-up, where we raised thousands and thousands of dollars.
Indy: Recently you started a gig in Las Vegas, at the Sahara Hotel. What else have you been up to lately?
RB: Laughter is all about enjoying life and comforting the afflicted, and afflicting the comfortable. I blog and write daily on my Web site, roseanneworld.com, and I enjoy my family, and my life.
Indy: The Democratic nomination is still undecided as of today. As a Hillary Clinton supporter, tell readers, in one sentence, why she is the better candidate.
RB: Hillary is the better candidate because she is a centrist, and the Dems can only win with that kind of candidate.
S-CAP Red Ribbon Ball
Marriott Colorado Springs, 5580 Tech Center Drive
Friday, May 16, 6 p.m.
Tickets: $125-$150; call 578-9092 or visit s-cap.org.