Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ’70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books. We caught up with the multi-talented Bernhard to discuss her return to San Diego for two shows on October 26 and October 27 at Anthology San Diego.
Q: What changes can fans that saw you at San Diego Pride expect in your upcoming performance?
This is the whole show with a band and material that addresses what is happening now as well as some classic pieces.
Q: What future goals in entertainment does someone who’s already accomplished so much have? Is there a dream that has yet to be fulfilled?
Getting my fabulous new party show up and running on TV as well as various acting gigs that showcase my many talents.
Q: How do comedians today compare to those that inspired you?
Well it’s such a different time from Phyllis Diller to Kristen Wiig, I mean wow what a smorgasbord of great talent. Funny is funny no matter how when or where.
Q: How do you unwind or relax after performing on stage?
I love to hang out with my friends or the band and break down the night, how the show went, check out the town, eat some good food.
Q: Who influences you?
People known and unknown from Chrissie Hynde to Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Hillary Clinton the list goes on and on along with some of my very talented friends.
Q: What are the important elements that make up a successful one-woman show?
Great writing, personal stories, giving the audience an experience that is one of a kind.
Q: Thoughts on the upcoming election?
I want it over and done with, Mr. Obama continuing to try to put the pieces of this broken country back together with the support of the Congress, Senate and the American people.
Q: For the young ones out there, what’s one thing that happened to you that made you think your world was going to end but when you look back now you think how silly it was to think that way?
Well when you are young a broken heart always has that affect but you need distance from it to see the picture clearly.
Q: What’s the craziest thing a fan ever did to get your attention?
Come back stage and try to ask for a date.
Q: Did you ever turn down a job you wish you hadn’t? Why?
A few roles along the way but its what is coming next that matter the most.