Sandra Bernhard is one of the most iconic, ground breaking, and pioneering comedians/actresses of our generation. From her beginnings on The Richard Pryor Show, to an award winning turn in Martin Scorsese’s “The King Of Comedy”, to 30 appearances on Late Night With David Letterman, to a starring role on Roseanne, to countless other appearances and projects over decades on television, Sandra has become one of the most recognizable, outspoken, and revered comedic voices of our lifetime. She is ranked as one of the great stand-up comedians to ever grace a microphone, has released critically acclaimed albums and specials, and most importantly opened the door for other gay comedians to come to the forefront of media such as Kathy Griffin, Rosie O’Donnell, and Ellen DeGeneres. Her first one-woman show, the groundbreaking Without You I’m Nothing, ran for 6 months off-Broadway in 1988 and served as inspiration for the film and Grammy-nominated album of the same name. The critically acclaimed I’m Still Here… Dammit! opened off-Broadway in 1997, moved to Broadway a year later, and was filmed for an HBO special. The New York Times described Bernhard as a “living, breathing bonfire” and applauded the show, calling it “an angst driven, foul-mouthed, poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion.” From 1991-1996 Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett—the first openly gay character on a network sitcom—on Roseanne. And she has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them: Good Christian Belles, Hot in Cleveland, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: SVU, Will&Grace, The Sopranos, The L Word, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Richard Pryor Show. Bernhard has also written three bestselling 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.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with one of the great and most ground breaking comic minds of my lifetime, Sandra Bernhard (While she’s getting her hair done before a sold out show!) for a no holds barred, all access, look into her life and history, when she realized that she was funny and was destined to be a comic, her “Super Bowl Moment”, her relationship with David Letterman, some of her most memorable roles on television, what she wants to do next, my crush on Melanie Griffith, and soo much more! Sandra is a true icon, and has helped paved the path for many of today’s great actresses and comedians so enjoy Kade Nation!!
And here are some fun recent Sandra moments on TV: