Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up
I recently had the pleasure of screening Rosie O’Donnell’s latest stand up comedy act. Rosie recently told an audience in West Nyack, New York about her recent heart attack. When I first heard about this I could not figure out how this could be a laughing matter. But in true comedic fashion Rosie brought humor to an otherwise scary situation. Rosie gave details of her heart attack and then gave specific information that is going to help many people how to tell if they are having a heart attack. Many people have heard that this is Rosie’s last week at The View and it is because she has to decrease her stress level that she is leaving.
You can watch “Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up” on Valentine’s Day on HBO
SATURDAY, FEB. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Feb. 17 (9:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m., 11:45 p.m.), 20 (1:15 p.m., 4:30 a.m.), 21 (7:00 p.m.), 22 (3:00 p.m.), 23 (12:45 a.m.) and 26 (9:15 a.m.), and March 7 (12:30 p.m.), 18 (8:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m.) and 23 (1:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Feb. 18 (3:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 20 (9:00 p.m.), 24 (11:15 a.m.), 26 (9:00 p.m.) and 28 (5:05 p.m.)
More women die from heart disease each year in the U.S. than from all forms of cancer combined, making it the leading cause of death among American women. But the majority of them don’t call 911 at the first sign of heart trouble. “I wanted to raise awareness about women’s heart disease, since I found out the hard way that I knew nothing about the number-one killer of women,” says O’Donnell.
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Taped at the Levity Live Comedy Club inside the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY, the special showcases O’Donnell’s skills as a laugh-out-loud stand-up comedian, while incorporating a vital message literally near and dear to her heart. A newly remarried wife and the mother of five, she shares her hilarious and earnest take on the joys and trials of family life, her ongoing infatuation with Barbara Streisand, her second chance at marriage with wife Michelle, and everything in-between.
After a raucous stand-up act, O’Donnell opens up about her life-changing 2012 medical emergency with characteristic candor. Not realizing she was exhibiting the key symptoms of a major heart attack for women, which are different from those experienced by men, she didn’t seek treatment for two days. Against all odds, she survived.
In ROSIE O’DONNELL: A HEARTFELT STAND UP, she stands up to heart disease, revealing life-saving facts to help women at risk. O’Donnell closes the show by sharing a useful acronym of her own creation – HEPPP – to help women remember the symptoms of a heart attack: Hot, Exhausted, Pain, Pale and Puke. Between the pathos and laughs, she offers this critical message: “Please call 911, know the signs and save yourself.”
ROSIE O’DONNELL: A HEARTFELT STAND UP was written by Rosie O’Donnell; directed and produced by Dan Chaykin; director of photography, Sam Painter; edited by Geof Bartz; produced by Larissa Bills; supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producers, Sheila Nevins and Rosie O’Donnell.