SANDRA BERNHARD, "Carmella".
Since she first stepped on stage at the Comedy Store in the ʻ70s, Sandra Bernhard has been challenging fans and critics with her outrageous humor, keen satire and rollicking stage shows. “Give the dame her due,” writes the New York Times, “It's invigorating to be in the presence of a true original.”
Bernhard, who writes and develops all of her own material, has produced numerous one-woman shows over the years, among them: Without You Iʼm Nothing—which was released as a feature film— Excuses for Bad Behavior, Giving ʻTil It Hurts, Hero Worship, the Love Machine, and Everything Bad and Beautiful, which ran for two months off-Broadway, before Bernhard toured with it, making numerous stops across the U.S. and in Europe. She is currently touring the country with her one- woman show, I Love Being Me, Don't You?
Bernhardʼs one-woman Broadway show, Iʼm Still Here ... Damn It!, was hailed by the New York Times as “an angst driven, foul- mouthed poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion. In her own voice, unfiltered, [Bernhard] is a living, breathing bonfire.” The show, which initially ran for five months off Broadway, went on to play sold-out runs in Boston and San Francisco, and was filmed for an HBO special.
Bernhard first earned film accolades in 1983 when she appeared in Martin Scorseseʼs The King of Comedy. Other film work includes Inside Monkey Zetterland, Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and Dare. She can soon be seen in the independent feature film Diving Normal, directed by Kristjan Thor.
From 1991-1996, Bernhard portrayed Nancy Bartlett on “Roseanne,” and she has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, including “The Neighbors”, "GCB", "Hot In Cleveland", "American Dad", "Crossing Jordan", “Ally McBeal,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The L Word,” “Will & Grace,” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” She has appeared numerous times on “Late Night with David Letterman,” and has been a guest on “The Tonight Show,” “The View,” “The Joy Behar Show,” “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and Showtimeʼs “The Green Room,” among others. She was recently recurring guest on Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live", and has appeared regularly on the Howard Stern show since the ʻ80s.
Bernhard has written three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988), Love, Love and Love (HarperCollins, 1994), and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (William Morrow, 1998). And she is currently at work on her fourth collection. Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, and Spy.
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