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comedienne Sandra Bernhard is performing live at the Improv Palm
Beach from October 21-24. The Improv
is located at
550 S. Rosemary Ave. Suite 250 West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Sandra talked with
Mark's List about her upcoming show at the
Palm Beach &
her incredible career.
Q. So you’re coming down to the Improv
in Palm Beach
this weekend. What can we expect during the show?
A. Yes. There is going to be some old
material mixed with some new stuff. In a venue like this it’s
different than some of the bigger places. It’s great to
just show up and walk on stage. I have a tendency when I
do comedy to have a jumping off place and then improvise for 45
Q. That must be such an
experience to be up there and draw from your own experience to
continuously bring the laughs for such a long period of time.
Do you ever get nervous, or is it almost second nature to you?
A. Yeah. If you’ve been performing as
long as I have in every possible venue you don’t really get
nervous per se. I jot down ideas and just kind of play off
Q. Is this your first time
performing at the Improv in
A. Yeah it will be. I
heard it’s nice and very accessible for people especially in
these economic times. People can come out and get tickets
and come see me doing my thing. I’ve done bigger shows in
Miami where I bring my
band and do something more theatrical. With some of these
smaller markets it’s a lot easier for people.
Q. You’ve been doing this for almost
30 years. How have things changed over each decade?
Have you noticed a change in your audience or the types of
topics that you talk about during the show?
A. Yes and no. I think
that people are always interested in what’s going on in my life
and my take on pop culture and politics and my own personal
evolution. Obviously the biggest change has happened with
the Internet. Now I can reach out daily. I Twitter a
lot and I have a Facebook. I don’t get too sucked into the
vortex of the Internet, but I absolutely like to use it as a
positive reflection of what I’m thinking about day to day. It’s
a nice outlet to reach out to people.
Q. In your career you’ve been on shows
such as “Roseanne” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” What
do you think has been the highlight of your career, or is that
yet to come?
A. I think it’s a culmination of
everything. It’s not really one thing. It’s a long road
and you’re constantly in the process of what you’re doing or
doing next. I think my career in comedy has been the most
rewarding because I’m continuously able to be creative and say
the things I want to say.
Q. So what are some of the new
projects you are working on?
A. I just did an indie film and I’m
shooting a new one in the spring. I have a few television
projects that I wrote and will be presenting to different
people. I also spent the summer writing a musical and we
will be meeting with actors and producers in January to get
things going with that. I’m always doing the one-woman shows, so
it will be great to get something out there where I’m performing
with other actors.
Q. Is your daughter interested in
doing any comedic work or following in your footsteps? What does
she think about you as a performer?
A. No not at all [lol].
She loves that I’m a performer and she’s very interested in the
world and politics. She’s just a very eclectic person.
Q. There’s been a lot of stuff
going on within the gay community with adoption, marriage and
bullying. What do you think about all of that?
A. I think we’re at a real
crossroad within our culture. I think it’s really shaken
up the hornet’s nest within this country. People have just
put it in the back of their minds and now it’s really staring at
them in the face. I think it’s scaring a lot of people.
I think once we get through this we will be at another level
culturally and things will shift a lot over the next couple of
Q. Thank you for taking the time to
talk with Mark’s List.
A. You’re welcome. I’m looking
forward to being in Palm Beach!
Since she first stepped on stage at
the Comedy Store in the ‘70s, Sandra Bernhard has been
challenging fans and critics with her outrageous humor, keen
satire and rollicking stage shows. “Give the dame her due,”
writes the New York Times, “It's invigorating to be in
the presence of a true original.”
Bernhard, who writes and develops all
of her own material, has produced numerous one-woman shows over
the years, among them: Without You I’m Nothing—which was
released as a feature film—Excuses for Bad Behavior, Giving ‘Til
It Hurts, Hero Worship, the Love Machine, and Everything Bad and
Beautiful, which ran for two months off-Broadway, before
Bernhard toured with it, making numerous stops across the U.S.
and in Europe. “A performer of stunning originality. Funny but
foxy, super smart and slightly mad!” proclaimed WCBS. “Bernhard
is a very funny woman by nature, a rocker by sheer determination
and an actress you've seen in eclectic offerings,” says the
Bernhard’s one-woman Broadway show,
“I’m Still Here … Damn It!,” was hailed by the New York Times
as “an angst driven, foul-mouthed poison-laced joy ride that
banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion,
celebrity, rock, and religion. In her own voice, unfiltered,
[Bernhard] is a living, breathing bonfire.” The show, which
initially ran for five months off Broadway, went on to play
sold-out runs in Boston
and San Francisco,
and was filmed for an HBO special.
Bernhard first earned film accolades
in 1983 when she appeared in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of
Comedy.” Other film work includes “Inside Monkey Zetterland,”
“Track 29,” “Hudson Hawk,”
“Dinner Rush,” and “Dare.” And she is about to begin filming on
two new projects.
From 1991-1996, Bernhard portrayed
Nancy Bartlett on “Roseanne,” and she has had guest starring or
recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them; “Ally
McBeal,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order:
SVU,” “The L Word,” “Will & Grace,” and “The New Adventures of
Old Christine.” She has appeared numerous times on “Late Night
with David Letterman,” and has been a guest on “The Tonight
Show,” “The View,” “The Joy Behar Show,” “The Jimmy Kimmel
Show,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and Showtime’s “The Green
Room,” among others. She has appeared regularly on the Howard
Stern show since the ‘80s. And was the host of “Sandra After
Dark,” for HBO, and “Reel Wild Cinema.”
In addition to her original songs,
Bernhard performs covers from Led Zeppelin to Laura Nyro; Burt
Bachrach to Britney Spears. “One moment, her voice is lulling
you into a wistful sigh; the next, she's knocking you back
several rows with it,” proclaimed the SF Weekly. Her
albums include: “I’m Your Woman,” and most recently she
collaborated on the world music album “Whatever it Takes,”
featuring African musicians such as Papa Wemba and TK. She has
also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including:
The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters. She
participated in the “Stormy Weather Benefit '98,”
organized by Don Henley, which also featured Stevie Nicks and
Joni Mitchell and “The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares.”
Bernhard has also lent her talents to benefits for organizations
including: The Ali Forney Center for LGBT Homeless Youth, and
Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.
Bernhard has written three books:
Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988), Love,
Love and Love (HarperCollins, 1994), and May I Kiss You
on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (William Morrow, 1998). And she is
currently at work on her fourth collection. Her work has also
been published in numerous magazines, including, The New
Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone,
Interview, and Spy.
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