Sandra Bernhard

Flavorwire Interview: Sandra Bernhard on Her Performance Style, Her Groundbreaking ‘Roseanne’ Role, and the Year That Was

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The stage persona of Sandra Bernhard has always been a force to be reckoned with. The comedian and singer hasn’t softened a bit since her early days at LA’s Comedy Store in the ’70s. After her fantastic breakout performance in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, Bernhard became known for her brash and bold sensibility on screen and off, particularly in her frequent appearances as a guest on Late Night With David Letterman in the ’80s. Her wildly popular one-woman off-Broadway show was turned into a film in 1989, and throughout the ’90s Bernhard toured with a variety of performance pieces. She is perhaps best known, though, for her recurring role as Nancy Bartlett on Roseanne. To put it simply: Bernhard has been a cultural icon for years, offering a witty and sometimes shocking perspective on celebrity culture, American politics, and her personal life.
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Flavorwire Interview: Julie Klausner on Her Debut Cabaret Performance, ‘Too Gay for Brooklyn’

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Comedian Julie Klausner has become widely known for her fantastic podcast, How Was Your Week?, an intimate chat show that she has frequently produced live at Brooklyn’s Bell House. Klausner has long been a performer — she has roots in New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre — and it’s a pleasure to experience her live. Despite her collaboration with rocker Ted Leo and her ability to hilariously skewer pop culture, it’s her musical theatre roots that have I’ve always found fiercely entertaining. (Fun fact: Julie accompanied me to my first Broadway show, Promises, Promises.) That musical theatre sensibility has never faded away, and next week Julie Klausner will make her New York cabaret debut with Too Gay for Booklyn, which she will perform on June 18 and 19 at the venerable Joe’s Pub. Along for the ride are her pal Ted Leo and the larger-than-life singer Bridget Everett. I spoke with her yesterday about the process of putting the show together, the loose and experimental nature of cabaret, and the performers who have inspired her aesthetic. 
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