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McEntire enjoys comedy more than sad songs

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Reba McEntire says she loves being on a sitcom because it allows her to be funny in a way she never could in her music career.

"I always sang such sad songs, and I always was looking for the funny songs, an up-tempo funny song," she told reporters on Saturday. "When I would release one, it wouldn't do very well, so I'd go back to the sad, heart-wrenching songs, and so that's kind of what I was known for."

Her sitcom on the WB network, now in its fourth year, allows her to show that other side.

A fellow country star, Dolly Parton, will be a guest on "Reba" later this season. Parton will portray a successful real estate agent, McEntire said.