THE JUDY SHOW Extends Through 8/18 at Geffen Playhouse
The Judy Show - My life as a sitcom is written by Judy Gold and Kate Moira Ryan and directed by Amanda Charlton. "Critic's Choice. Gold is an enormously likable performer - and except for her flawless comic timing, she could be a mom straight from the carpool line," said the Los Angeles Times. "She has spent a lot of her adult life trying to broaden the definition of the 'normal' American family so that it can include her own: She's a Jewish lesbian comedian with two sons, an ex-partner, a new girlfriend and a difficult mother. And she can send us into hysterics."
"In a manner that agreeably juggles deadpan self-deprecation, brash caricature, wry observation and emotional candor, Ms. Gold explains that she grew up addicted to television," said The New York Times. "She outlines the ways in which her life has mirrored or diverged from the role models of her favorite shows in a buoyant 80-minute monologue ... consistently viewing her family and herself as characters denied their rightful place in the sitcom firmament. And she warmly acknowledges that while not having Shirley Partridge as a mother was a disappointment, her own mom has been the source of her choicest material."
Judy Gold has always dreamt big. Maybe because she is BIG (and by that, we mean tall). This six foot three inch Jewish mother of two brings her big, critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit to Los Angeles. A nonstop 85-minute ride, The Judy Show is Gold's chance to broadcast her hilarious life story through the sitcoms we all knew and loved. As an awkward kid growing up in New Jersey, Gold had fantasies of running away to The Brady Bunch house or climbing aboard The Partridge Family bus, all while unabashedly recounting the mix of riotous, touching and otherwise embarrassing moments that taught her The Facts of Life. Infused with pop-culture references as well as her signature irreverent humor, The Judy Show covers life, love, showbiz and ultimately her quest for her very own show - all in a way that might make Rhoda proud.
Judy Gold was the star and writer of the critically acclaimed, long-running Off-Broadway show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother for which she was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. In addition, the show won the 2007 GLAAD award for "Outstanding New York Theater." A book based on the show was nominated for the prestigious Quill Award.
Judy's show, The Judy Show - My life as a sitcom ran during the 2011 season at New York's DR2 theater and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. Judy was also in the cast of Nora and Delia Ephron's Off-Broadway play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Judy recently appeared on 30 Rock, Showtime's The Big C, Celebrity Chopped, The Wendy Williams Show, co-hosting Anderson Live and The Next Great Baker. Judy can be seen in the upcoming Tina Fey/Jason Bateman movie, This Is Where I Leave You. She appears regularly on Tru TV's World's Dumbest, Say Anything with Joy Behar and The View. She was the host of HBO's At the Multiplex with Judy Gold from 1999 - 2009, and also hosted Comedy Central's100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. Her stand-up specials include Wisecrack, Comedy Central Presents: Judy Gold. Comedy Central's Tough Crowd Stands Up and Judy's own HBO half-hour special, which received a Cable Ace Award. Gold was also seen in the smash hit film The Aristocrats and documentaries Making Trouble, All Aboard, I Am Comic, and Showtime's Why We Laugh: Funny Women.
Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing The Rosie O'Donnell Show. She was twice nominated for The American Comedy Awards funniest female stand-up.
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