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Sandra Bernhard

Birth Place: Flint, MI, USA

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Sandra Bernhard is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry with her unique style and sharp wit. Born in Flint, Michigan in 1955, Bernhard grew up in a Jewish family and began performing in local theater productions at a young age.

After attending college in Arizona, Bernhard moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business. She quickly gained attention for her one-woman shows, which combined stand-up comedy, music, and performance art. In 1985, she made her Broadway debut with her show "Without You I'm Nothing," which was later adapted into a film of the same name.

Bernhard's success on stage led to a number of film and television roles, including appearances in "The King of Comedy" (1982), "Roseanne" (1991-1997), and "American Horror Story" (2011-2018). She also released a number of albums throughout the 1990s, showcasing her talents as a singer and songwriter.

In addition to her work in entertainment, Bernhard has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and other progressive causes. She has also been a frequent guest on political talk shows and news programs, offering her unique perspective on current events and social issues.

Bernhard's most recent work includes her 2019 show "Quick Sand," which she performed at Joe's Pub in New York City. She continues to tour and perform, bringing her signature blend of comedy and music to audiences around the world.

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Sandra Bernhard STAGE CREDITS

Special Benefit Production, 2005

Original Broadway Production, 1998


Sandra Bernhard Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Solo Performance

Sandra Bernhard , I'm Still Here... Damn It!

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Ricky Ritzel Will Perform in Gettysburg at 2024 Season Announcement

Gettysburg Community Theatre will announce their 2024 Season during their Mostly Broadway Cabaret on Friday, September 22, 2023. The performance will be led by Award-Winning NYC Cabaret Pianist, Ricky Ritzel. Learn more about the event here!

Jessie Mueller, Donna Murphy, Mario Cantone & More Join ASA Gala Honoring Betty Buckley

Get the latest on the star-studded lineup coming together to honor Betty Buckley at the American Songbook Association event. Find out when and where this exciting tribute will take place. Don't miss the chance to see Sandra Bernhard, Donna Murphy, Jennifer Simard, and more pay homage to a musical legend.

David Mills' Comedy Cabaret GLAMOUR + DESPAIR Extends Pangea Residency Through October

Comedy cabaret firebrand David Mills has extended his Pangea residency through October with 'glamour + despair' - his critically acclaimed, screamingly jaded look at the apocalypse. Held over by popular demand following sell-out shows in April, June and July, Mills is a bold showbiz iconoclast who combines sharply satirical stand-up with his singular take on classic nightclub cabaret to push both genres into innovative, uncharted territory.

A Video Roundup Celebrating The ASA's Gala Honoring Betty Buckley: NEW WAYS TO DREAM at Merkin Hall

One by one, the cast of the gala honoring Betty Buckley has grown more and more starry.

Broadway Podcast Network Debuts Docu-Podcast FINDING FIRE ISLAND

The Broadway Podcast Network (BPN) announces the new docu-podcast, “Finding Fire Island,” which brings to life how a sleepy, 19th century beach town became a modern day queer mecca for artists and the New York City theater community. Episodes are now available on BPN.FM/FINDINGFIREISLAND or wherever you get your podcasts.

Stephanie J. Block with Seth Rudetsky & More Set for The Wallis Fall/Winter 2023/2024 Season

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present sweeping array of bold and diverse programming for the fall/winter of its 2023/2024 Season.

FINDING FIRE ISLAND Docu-Podcast Featuring Joel Kim Booster, Margaret Cho, & Matt Rogers to Debut in July

“Finding Fire Island” – a docu-podcast series which brings to life how a sleepy, 19th century beach town became a modern day queer mecca for artists and the New York City theater community – will debut on July 6 via Broadway Podcast Network. 

Review: SANDRA BERNHARD Invites Us to Her Upbeat, Spontaneous and Irreverent SPRING AFFAIR at City Winery

Bernhard held nothing back. SPRING AFFAIR was two-thirds comedy show and one-third concert, the balance she has perfected to sate fans ever since her 1988 Off-Broadway show “Without You, I’m Nothing.”

Interview: Sandra Bernhard heads to Boston for a SPRING AFFAIR at City Winery

Sandra Bernhard is ready for what she’s calling her “Spring Affair” – a tour that will see her bring her patented blend of rock ’n’ roll, stand-up comedy, and spot-on social commentary to live audiences across the country – with stops including City Winery Boston on June 2 and Provincetown Town Hall on July 28.

Acclaimed Queer UK Cabaret Comic David Mills Extends Pangea Run Of “glamour + Despair”

Cabaret and comedy firebrand David Mills' 'glamour + despair' extends his run at NYC's Pangea with four encore performances.

Sandra Bernhard To Take The Stage At City Winery NYC May 30 And City Winery Boston June 2

The inimitable Sandra Bernhard will perform live with her all new show Sandra Bernhard “Spring Affair” at City Winery NYC on May 30th and at City Winery in Boston, MA on June 2nd. Bernhard will perform “Spring Affair” with her band, while she also continues to perform live throughout 2023 around the country and overseas.

City Winery Boston's 5th Anniversary Year Continues With Wide Range Of Entertainment This Summer

City Winery Boston continues to celebrate its 5th anniversary, with a range of performances featuring music and comedy legends along with today's emerging stars.

Rubicon Theatre Company to Present UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: AMANDA McBROOM IN CONCERT in May

Rubicon Theatre of Ventura will present the first event in the company's May Concert series on Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. – “AMANDA McBROOM: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.” The legendary singer-songwriter and actress will captivate audiences with her stunning voice and masterful songwriting in an intimate and unforgettable performance.

New Show Incubation Heats Up At PANGEA In April With Music, Comedy, And More!

Pangea, a vital incubator for new work crossing boundaries between theatre, music and elsewhere, welcomes back the American singer-comedian David Mills who emerges from a fruitful London exile (where he became a prominent comic voice) with a new Pangea residency starting with shows on Sat April 22 and 29, both at 9:30pm.  

DAVID MILLS: GLAMOUR + DESPAIR To Play Pangea April 22 & 29

Comedy cabaret firebrand and American ex-pat in London David Mills returns to NYC.

David Mills Returns To Pangea With Premiere Of GLAMOUR + DESPAIR

Comedy cabaret firebrand and American ex-pat in London David Mills returns to NYC's Pangea for the 5th time in the club's prime venue, the jewel-box Cabaret Room with a screamingly jaded look at the apocalypse in the world premiere of 'glamour + despair.'

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of Judy Gold's YES, I CAN SAY THAT!

Check out photos from opening night of Judy Gold's Yes, I Can Say That!

Serialist Randy Edelman Performs Live At Red Eye NYC, March 18

New York City's newest, hottest, and edgiest Nightlife bar will be featuring a live and wild performance by composer/singer/songwriter Randy Edelman who is responsible for creating the Barry Manilow hit 'A Weekend in New England', Patti LaBelle's 'Isn't It A Shame', Hip-Hop superstar Nelly's 'My Place', and songs by Olivia Newton-John, Dionne Warwick, Kool and the Gang, and an endless amount of others.

Judy Gold to be Joined by Sandra Bernhard, BD Wong & More for Talkbacks at YES, I CAN SAY THAT!

PRIMARY STAGES and 59E59 Theaters, in association with Jamie deRoy, will present talkbacks for Judy Gold in Yes, I Can Say That! by Judy Gold.

Alyssa Edwards Returns to WOW Presents Plus in Spring Slate

Headlining the new slate of content is the long-awaited return of the iconic Alyssa Edwards in “Alyssa’s Secret - The Reboot.” This announcement comes on the heels of a successful 2022, which saw significant growth for the platform including a 40% growth in subscriptions and 56% growth in views. Watch new video trailers now!


Sandra Bernhard has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Sandra Bernhard has not appeared in the West End

Best Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for I'm Still Here... Damn It! .

Sandra Bernhard has written 1 shows including I'm Still Here...Damn It! (Playwright).

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