Sandra Bernhard
American actor, singer and comedian
Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard is an American comedienne, singer, actress and author. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture and political figures. Bernhard is number 97 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
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Celebrity Worship And The American Mind
Huffington Post - about 2 months
We, as the viewing audience, are drawn to celebrities and famous people in ways we are not even aware. Within the lives of the celebrated lie the hopes and dreams of the rest of us. As sitting ducks, if you will, or sitting persons, our minds are like sponges for incoming data and information, because the mind by its very nature is curious. If not for that, it would be difficult to survive. So the mind, and the brain activity that comprises what we have come to consider as "the mind," rapidly assesses, absorbs, and decides most things in milliseconds. With the process so swift, oftentimes we haven't a clue as to why we decide what we decide when we decide it. Our minds are swept away by deluded assumptions, as we bet all we have on our "rightness" when, in fact, in that very instance we are wrong. I know because I have been guilty of it countless times myself. Therefore, our minds, so to speak, often have minds of their own. There is research pointing to the extent to which the vi ...
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L.A. theater openings, Dec. 4-11: 'Complete Works - Table Top Shakespeare' and more
LATimes - 3 months
This week: Shakespeare in miniature at UCLA, the Troubies do Bowie, and the return of the divine Sandra Bernhard. The Ballad of Bimini Baths Readings from Tom Jacobson’s trilogy exploring the darker side of L.A. history. Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Sun., 5 p.m.; next Sun., 7...
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The Crap We Missed – Tuesday 1.21.14
The Superficial - about 3 years
Welcome to Tuesday’s The Crap We Missed, which I loaded up to our max of forty pics for you guys, allowing me the freedom to include shots of people like Sandra Bernhard and Christopher ‘Kid’ Reid. Now if you find yourself thinking “And how is that a good thing?,” I ask that you kindly leave my establishment while I talk to the people who understand my quasi-functional brain. Good, it’s just us now? Ok, so yesterday I was off and Fish forgot some key points from The SAG Awards that I know you guys don’t want to miss, so here goes: Sofia Vergara made her trophy poke a big statue’s penis, Mike Ehrmantraut will punch you in the dick when he’s excited, and Terrence Howard‘s creepy rape vibe just exponentially raised to the power of even his wife looks terrified to be touching him. And you guys though my role was nonessential here, - Photo Boy Click Here To Start The Gallery Bonus Gallery: Dammit, Nina Agdal, Stop Trying To Make Us Watch The Entourage Mov ...
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Sandra Bernhard Does 'Sandyland'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It is said that well-behaved women don't change the world. Words to live by, and no one lives them better on stage than Sandra Bernhard. Uniquely poised in the performance art world, her art comes seemingly from being her full, uncensored self: a witty, smart, no holds barred, says what is on her mind, take no prisoners self. Love it or hate it, Sandra Bernhard speaks her truth on the world. This sort of freedom is enviable and I asked Sandra in a phone interview where it comes from. "You either have it or don't. If you have it, then it is what you are allowed to do with it that is important. My parents were taken aback when they had me, but they let me do what I wanted. I have three older brothers. As the only girl, I was off-the-cuff, kooky, cute. I was lucky. I think you are at your best when allowed to be yourself. No direction for your personality is the best way to go." At a time when so much pop culture is recycled, inauthentic and derivative, with Ms. Bernhard and her one wo ...
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Sandra Bernhard is funny — in her Bernhard way
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Sandra Bernhard makes a correction. She did not cry the first time she tried stand-up comedy at The Improv club in Los Angeles in the late '70s. "I cried once I was doing it for a few months," she says. "My first night, I loved it and didn't think twice about it."    
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Sex, Love and Los Angeles: Your New Favorite Show Has Arrived
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Full disclosure: I love TV. Like... love it. In recent years I have moved away from the traditional cable TV setup that I grew up with and, like so many of you reading this, made the jump to streaming sites for watching my TV stories. With the success of their recent gamble on original content with shows like Orange Is the New Black, Netflix is set to be the next big thing in entertainment media, and with this past week's release of DTLA, the streaming service is taking another bold step toward being crowned the new king of queer programming as well. Every king has a crown, and if Netflix is king, DTLA is well on its way to being its new crown jewel. As the title implies, the show is set in downtown Los Angeles and chronicles the friendships and sex lives of eight friends and the people who populate (and complicate) their lives. (The cast includes Melanie Griffith and Sandra Bernhard playing co-parenting lesbians, people. Get hip to it!) This week I caught u ...
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Questlove: 'That Doesn't Mean It Doesn't Sting Any Less'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Well... most of you read the book so that means you're familiar with Rich by now. I just landed in the States and he was my first call. I was listening to MSNBC on the radio, so this is the first time I'm getting real-time reaction/news from an American source about the Martin case. I'm trying not to internalize this feeling and make it about me -- but hey, it is what it is, maybe I'm melodramatic -- but all I'm consumed with is my positioning in life. All the time I tell these cute self-depreciating celeb run-ins when I get a pie-in-the-face moment. But rarely do I share stories of a more serious nature pie-in-the-face moments. All I could keep saying was, "Thank god for my good fortune." I can't tell you how many times a year I'm in a serious situation only to hear the magic words, "Oh... wait... Questlove? Hey, guys, it's Questlove -- we're so sorry, you can go." Mostly because in the age of social media most people are quick to dismiss my tales as ‪#‎FirstWorldProblems ...
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Baryshnikov, Elevator Repair Service coming to MCA
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Elevator Repair Service and Sandra Bernhard are all to be part of an expanded MCA Stage program during the 2013-14 season at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.     
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Drop Dead Diva Draws Two More Actors
Boom Tron - over 3 years
Say hello to The Glades star Jordan Wall. And while you’re at it, give him a hearty congratulations. He and Ed actor Josh Randall are the latest actors Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva as season 5 guest stars. Both men will show their faces when the sixth episode of season 5 hits the airwaves. Season 5, by the by, premieres at 9 pm. on Sunday, June 23. Randall, according to THR, will play Stuart Kane. Kane is a “world-renowned L.A.-based chemistry professor.” Sounds like he has it all, right? Well, Kane has fallen head over heels in love with a beautiful model, which will threaten a burgeoning career, not to mention the romance itself, when he is arrested at LAX for attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country. Doh! Wall on the other hand, will act as Brad Pines, a grad student in chemistry and the protege of Kane. Brad appears to giving his mentor his full support when things turn south. “Jordan plays Brad Pines, a character who harbors a secret, and only Jane Bingum is able to s ...
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Sandra Bernhard gets judge-y on 'Drop Dead Diva'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES ( - Sandra Bernhard will rule over an episode of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." The actress and comedian is guest starring as judge Ada Brown on an episode slated to air July 21. "I have been a huge fan of Sandra Bernhard ever since I saw her play Nancy Bartlett in 'Roseanne' in the 1990s," show creator Josh Berman told TheWrap. "She's whip smart, super funny, and her sharp tongue makes for an awesome 'Drop Dead Diva' judge. ...
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Kings For A Night
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Robert De Niro was crowned king of closing night at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The New York-based film fest, which De Niro co-founded in 2002, ended its 12th incarnation with a special screening of "The King of Comedy," Martin Scorsese's 1983 black comedy about a celebrity-obsessed comedian (played by De Niro) and the lengths to which he goes to achieve fame. "I haven't seen 'The King of Comedy,' I don't think, for at least 25 years," De Niro, 69, said before the screening at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on Saturday night. "I'm very curious to see it. If I'm not too embarrassed, I'll stay here after." Fortunately for the attendees, De Niro did stay, as did Scorsese and co-star Jerry Lewis. The trio sat down with screenwriter Ted Griffin ("Ocean's Eleven") for a 30-minute discussion about the classic ... comedy? "It wasn't a comedy, was it?" Scorsese, 70, said after the screening, before admitting that he never intentionally tried to make "The King o ...
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Beth Lapides: Hand-to-Hand: Comedy and Combat
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Pentagon just announced it's lifting the ban on woman going to the front lines and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. I know this is something that's supposedly good for women, and something that women in the military want, but it's something I have such mixed feeling about. Oddly, one of those feelings is gratitude. Because it reminds me why, after 25 years, I'm still so committed to hosting and producing UnCabaret. The news sent me back to when, years ago, the issue of allowing women on the front lines first came up. I was just beginning comedy career and was performing in what, at the time, was a fashion-forward choice: men's suits. Partly, I loved the suits for the pockets. Partly, I loved them for the power they bestowed. Partly, I enjoyed the focus on my work which the ease of a uniform provided -- much like combat gear. And then, the issue of women being allowed to fight on the front lines came up. And I started to wonder: Is this where the women's movement has ...
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Great News For Sandra Bernhard Groupies...
Huffington Post - about 4 years
To describe Sandra Bernhard nowadays as a mellower version of the comic sniper she used to be is not to say that she has lost her edge. In her monologues on Friday evening at Joe's Pub, where she is performing a series of end-of-the-year shows, this comedian and singer, now 57 (but looking two decades younger), seemed on top of current trends in music and fashion as ever. And she flung out some choice but unprintable words for the year we are leaving behind.
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Music Review: Sandra Bernhard at Joe’s Pub
NYTimes - about 4 years
The comedian Sandra Bernhard flung out some choice words for the past year in a performance of outspoken talk and musical numbers at Joe’s Pub.
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Amazon adds episodes of alt-comedy show "UnCabaret"
Yahoo News - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES ( - Amazon Instant Video has added four exclusive episodes of "UnCabaret," an alt-comedy showcase for the likes of Margaret Cho and Andy Dick, to its Prime Instant Video service. The show was created and hosted by comedian and entertainer Beth Lapides and features performances by such comedy stars as Sandra Bernhard, Garfunkle and Oates, Greg Fitzsimmons and Rob Delaney. Instead of punch-line driven sets, performers are encouraged to show off story-based stream-of-consciousness acts. Amazon Prime members will get free access to the titles. ...
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Trish Bendix: Best Lesbian Moments Of The Week
Huffington Post - about 4 years is Logo's site for lesbians and bisexual women in entertainment and media, which means we pride ourselves on knowing all kinds of Sapphic pop-culture facts. Each week we share some of the best tidbits on The Huffington Post in our series "Best Lesbian Week Ever." Here's who and what was on our raging gay radar this week. Meet Virginia: New York has a new lesbian bar and restaurant called The Dalloway. Let's hope its early success hints at a renaissance for lesbian hangouts. They're a dying breed. That'll Do It: Wanda Sykes told Jay Leno she hooks up with Al Roker every now and again to make sure she's still gay. Works like a charm every single time. New Plot: New Girl gave its lesbian gynecologist a girlfriend and a bun in the oven this week. She also got turned on by vagina talk, as you do when you're a pregnant lesbian. Rachel Maddow wouldn't have this problem: Stephanie Miller apologized on her show this week after accidentally saying the Salva ...
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“We Killed”: Were women not funny until 1960? - over 4 years
Say it with me: Are women funny? Since this question was first answered in the negative in the pages of Vanity Fair by the late, redoubtable Christopher Hitchens, it seems to have been designated by the chattering classes as one of the great unanswerables of the universe, destined to be dredged up every time someone’s looking for page hits by pissing off the wrong person at some heavily trafficked and influential ladyblog (#sorryfeminists!). To everyone else, this may seem like a settled a matter of simple logic: Women are human beings (no matter what some Republican members of Congress might believe); some human beings are endowed with an innate talent to make others laugh; ergo, some women are funny. The end. And yet, it is with this specious query (if there is a God, then surely the fact that this piece of lazily reasoned hackwork seems destined to be the most quoted of all the Quotable Hitchens is His karmic revenge) that Yael Kohen chooses to open “We Killed: The Rise of Women ...
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Md.'s gay marriage campaign looks elsewhere to raise money
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— In one corner, comedian Sandra Bernhard, wearing a sparkly black skirt, chatted with a long-time fan. In another, Broadway producer Paul Boskind made a pitch to Susan Sarandon. Somebody shouted that Josh Charles had just arrived.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sandra Bernhard
  • 2013
    Age 57
    In 2013, the media announced that Sandra Bernhard would be joining the cast of ABC Family's Switched at Birth along with Glees Max Adler. Sandra would assume the role of an art professor on the Season 3 Opener in January 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Bernhard is openly bisexual and a strong supporter of gay rights.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    She toured "Plan B" through 2008, and performed Miracle of Lights on some morning shows in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Bernhard was a featured guest singer with children's artist Dan Zanes on the Family Dance album's "Thrift Shop". In an interview with Howard Stern, the comedian revealed that she was originally offered the role of Miranda Hobbes of TV show Sex and the City, but opted out due to the "terrible" original script and low paycheck.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    The year 2007 saw the creation of Bernhard's show Plan B from Outer Space as well as Indie label upstart Breaking Records release of the compilation "Breaking For the Holidays" where Bernhard co-penned Miracle of Lights with Mitchell Kaplan.
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  • 2006
    Age 50
    She returned to New York in 2006 with the Off-Broadway show Everything Bad & Beautiful.
    More Details Hide Details The CD Everything Bad & Beautiful was critically lauded as one of her best, released by indie label Breaking Records.
  • 1998
    Age 42
    On July 4, 1998, she gave birth to a daughter, Cicely Yasin Bernhard, whom she raises with her longtime partner, Sara Switzer.
    More Details Hide Details Bernhard performs classic pop music, jazz, and blues tunes. She has released several albums (combinations of music and comedy).
    She gave birth to daughter Cicely Yasin Bernhard on July 4, 1998.
    More Details Hide Details For the next several years she would self-record all of her live shows and release cheaply made CD-R versions which were sold in the lobby of her shows. She continued touring and making smaller films and TV guest appearances.
    Bernhard returned to Broadway in 1998 with the show I'm Still Here...
    More Details Hide Details Damn It!, recorded for a live comedy album. At that time of the show Bernhard was pregnant.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    In 1996, she guest-starred on an episode of Highlander: The Series called "Dramatic License" in which she played a romance novelist writing about the life of the main character.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared (as herself) on Will and Grace in an episode dealing with Will and Grace's spuriously bidding on Bernhard's Manhattan apartment in order to become friendly with her and culminates in a diatribe from Bernhard when their ruse is exposed, with obfuscating sounds of a blender (she was having a smoothie made) blotting out supposed obscenities. She returned as herself briefly, two years later.
  • 1995
    Age 39
    In 1995, she briefly appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, in an episode titled "Jerk".
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    She hosted the USA Network's Reel Wild Cinema for two seasons beginning in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Bernhard continued acting in mostly independent films and TV guest roles and forays into mainstream films such as Hudson Hawk and Dallas Doll. In 1991 she released her first studio album, entitled Excuses For Bad Behavior (Part One).
  • 1992
    Age 36
    In September 1992, Bernhard did a nude pictorial for Playboy.
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  • 1991
    Age 35
    She appeared in 33 episodes between 1991 and 1997, and was one of the first actresses to portray an openly lesbian recurring character on American television.
    More Details Hide Details The role is one of her best known, something she has lamented in her stand-up as being both a blessing and a curse.
    In 1991, Bernhard began playing the role of Nancy Bartlett on the hit sitcom Roseanne.
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  • 1988
    Age 32
    She launched an Off-Broadway one woman show called Without You I'm Nothing, with You I'm Not Much Better in 1988 which played at the Orpheum Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990 it was turned into a film and a double album of the same name. The film was mostly shot on location in 1989 in the coconut grove at the Ambassador Hotel. A frequent guest on David Letterman's NBC program, it was during the run of 'Without You I'm Nothing, With You I'm Not Much Better' that she appeared with her then-good friend (and rumored lover) Madonna on the show. The two alluded to their romantic relationship and staged a sexy confrontation. They would continue to be friends for several years, with Bernhard even making an appearance in Madonna's movie Truth or Dare.
  • 1985
    Age 29
    She began performing her first one-woman show called I'm Your Woman in 1985, and an album version was released.
    More Details Hide Details Bernhard appeared in a variety of tiny film and television roles throughout the 1980s while crafting her stand-up routine into a more performance art oriented show.
  • 1983
    Age 27
    Her big break came in 1983 when she was cast by Martin Scorsese to star as stalker and kidnapper Masha in the film The King of Comedy for which she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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  • 1977
    Age 21
    Bernhard became a staple at The Comedy Store. As her popularity as a comedian grew she was cast as a supporting player on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Guest appearances on evening talk shows followed.
  • 1955
    Born on June 6, 1955.
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