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Sandra Bernhard: Sandyland

Dec 5–7, 2013

“Give the dame her due . . . it’s invigorating to be in the presence of a true original.”
—New York Times

When Sandra Bernhard steps onstage, it’s a thrilling hybrid of stand-up comedy and rock ’n’ roll—she performs with her four-man band and “musicality to die for . . . a voice that swoops from the bluesey basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness” (LA Times). Her take-no-prisoners shows are a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary, and glamorous cabaret.

Recommended for mature audiences


Program Notes

About the Artist

Since beginning her career at LA’s famed Comedy Store in the 1970s, Sandra Bernhard has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums, and authored books. Appearing in Martin Scorcese’s 1983 film The King of Comedy, she dug open the dark sides of celebrity and media obsession. In the early 1990s Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett—the first openly gay character on a network sitcom—on Roseanne. She has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them Good Christian Belles, Hot in Cleveland, Will & Grace, The Sopranos, The L Word, and The Larry Sanders Show. Bernhard has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman and has been a regular guest of Howard Stern’s since the early 1980s.

As an author, Bernhard has written three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady; Love, Love and Love; and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, and Spy.

Learn more about Sandra Bernhard.

Artists Up Close

“The King of Comedy” (Martin Scorsese, 1983, 108 min)
Tue, Dec 3, 6 pm
FREE with museum admission

Featuring the incomparable comedienne in a supporting performance (as well as appearances by members of the Clash and the director’s mother, father and daughter Cathy), The King of Comedy is Scorsese’s cinematic exploration of celebrity, media and obsession. The critically acclaimed satire stars Jerry Lewis as the abrasive talk-show host jerry Langford and Robert De Niro as his dangerously fixated fan Rupert Pupkin.