Sandra Bernhard

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Miss Sandy is an absolute icon. She has It. Her talents are many. She sings with a full, capable and brassy bombast, her breath control is that of an expert award-winning slam poet, and her wit is as sharp as the blade she’ll threaten to cut you with if you try to fuck with her. A viciously smart feminist and bi activist, she’s always on top of current events, so she’ll no doubt have some outrageously astute quips about Holly Lobby or Catholics for Obama. On the 2006-released Everything Bad & Beautiful, she brilliantly puts Condoleezza Rice and Rosa Parks together in a dreamlike dialogue that is so on point. Clearly, Rosa took Condi to school.

Sadly, what most folks associate her with is her groundbreaking six-year run as Nancy Bartlett on Roseanne, where she trailblazed as an openly queer character, or as one of Madonna’s best friends, thanks to Madonna: Truth or Dare. But Bernhard’s career started in the late ‘70s, when she was moonlighting at the Comedy Store and doing nails at a chi-chi salon in Hollywood. In 1982, she was cast by Martin Scorcese in The King of Comedy, but it was her first two comedy albums—I’m Your Woman in ‘85 and Without You I’m Nothing two years later—that cemented her place in the annals. The rare tape or LP of either classic touchpoint in her career fetches huge prices at auctions. 

Bernhard’s early years in Flint, MI and Scottsdale, AZ—and of course, motherhood—certainly feed the 59-year-old comedienne’s joke arsenal, but so does celebrity culture and her uber-famous pals (see “Iman” from the gut-splitting I Love Being Me, Don’t You?). Though Obama may be more her speed, get her going on Bush, Cheney and the Reagans, and you won’t be sorry. Chutzpah’s a word that folks love to bandy about when they talk about her, but she’s got more than that: balls, brains, and loads of heart and soul, too. // BILL CHENEVERT

Sun., July 13, 8pm. $30. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. worldcafelive.com
 

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