Biography


Sandra Bernhard is a performer, actress, singer and author. She is the host of the hugely popular Sandyland, her daily radio show on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy channel 102, for which she won a Gracie Award.

A pioneer of the one-woman show, Bernhard brings a completely unique and raucous mix of cabaret, stand-up, rock-n-roll, and social commentary to the stage. Notable shows, which she has performed both on and off-Broadway, include: Without You I’m Nothing, I’m Still Here ... Dammit, Everything Bad and Beautiful, and Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast.

"What makes Bernhard's comedy so rare—whether she's philosophizing about Taylor Swift's squad or singing Dolly Parton's "Hard Candy Christmas" as imagined by Caitlyn Jenner—is that within every keenly observed pop-culture rant, there's an element of piercing truth," Variety wrote. In a review of her career, The New Yorker noted that "Bernhard teaches the children—all those burgeoning spoken-word artists and monologists—how to perform observational comedy with style, and right on the political edge." And the Los Angeles Times praised another show, writing that Bernhard "has musicality to die for, a voice that swoops from the bluesy basement to a top floor falsetto..."

Bernhard’s film credits include The King of Comedy, (for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics), Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and the live performance film Without You I’m Nothing. Television credits include Two Broke Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broad City, Difficult People, You’re the Worst, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Will & Grace, The Sopranos, The Larry Sanders Show and Roseanne.

Music albums include I'm Your Woman (Polygram, 1986) Excuses for Bad Behavior (Epic, 1994) and the world music album Whatever It Takes (Mi5, 2009). Bernhard has also performed with or opened for other artists including The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper and The Scissor Sisters. In addition, she is the author of three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988) Love, Love and Love (William Morrow, 1993) and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (Rob Weisbach Books/William Morrow, 1998).

 

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Give the dame her due, it’s invigorating to be in the presence of a true original. ― The New York Times