It’s been a big year for Sandra Bernhard, and as usual, it’s bound to end big this week and next when she starts her annual year’s-end run at Joe’s Pub tonight (Dec. 27).
The irrepressible comedic genius will perform two shows each night tonight through New Year’s Eve.
“I love doing my holiday shows at Joe’s Pub!” says Bernhard. “The continuity and sense of community is always inspiring, pushing me to my creative heights. It’s a year-end emotional checkup for me and the audience–an opportunity to strip it down to the studs and rebuild it for the new year.”
The shows are sure to continue the “funny, moving, sexy, hot, cool and genuinely on-the-edge” format observed by none other than entertainment column legend Liz Smith, as Bernhard sets her traditionally scathing sights on the up-to-the-minute state of modern culture, breaking up her uproarious monologs with original songs and choice covers sung to the accompaniment of her Flawless Zircons backing group.
At her recent show launching the new “Landmark Laughs” comedy series at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, N.Y., she opened, according to a rave online review in PortWashingtonPatch, with Linda Ronstadt’s first hit, “Different Drum” (her 1967 cover with the Stone Poneys of Mike Nesmith’s composition); she also did “Before The Parade Passes By,” from Hello Dolly, the 1974 Spanish language hit “Eres tú” by Mocedades, Lady Gaga’s “The Edge Of Glory” and of all things, REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”—choices not at all odd for the wide-ranging songstress, and all delivered with utmost respect.
On the monolog side, in addition to hysterical takes on everything from Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model to her own fashion sense, she went into her parenting experiences (she’s uncompromising when it comes to keeping her young teen daughter safe and sound), even including a visit with her daughter to the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington to adopt a dog.
Meanwhile, she continues with her Comedians Walking & Getting Mani-Pedis YouTube series of informal and candid conversations with fellow comediennes (so far including Lizz Winstead and Rosie Perez) filmed while walking and getting mani-pedis. Other recent activities have included an election related Sound Off With Sandra Bernhard commentary for the NewNowNext Web site, working on new TV prospects, and preparing for a slew of upcoming 2013 gigs starting Jan. 4 and 5 at City Winery in Chicago, Jan. 25 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N.J. and Feb. 1 and 2 at The Ark in Ann Arbor.
“Just when you think culture has been pushed to the limit you will find yourself taken by surprise,” says Bernhard. “It never ends and it rarely works itself out: That’s where the performer steps in, to interpret, elevate and reveal the absurdity by lifting the curtain on the madness and mayhem–while hopefully bringing some levity and light to shine on it all.”
Eagerly awaiting the start of her Joe’s Pub stand, she adds, “What better time than the end of one year and beginning of another to tie up the loose ends, throwing open the door on the possibilities of what’s to come?”
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